Education is Not a Business – It’s a Mission!!!

Dear Commons Community,

The current edition of the NEA Higher Education Advocate has a salute to the Professors of the Year.  One of the honorees is Professor Pam Whitman, who teaches women’s perspectives, English and equine science at Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota.  When asked about her award, she commented:

“Education is not a business.  It’s a mission…Education is how we change the world, one person at a time.  Education is how we pull people out of poverty.  It is how we right the race, gender, and class imbalances in our society.”

Those of us in education who keep seeing attempts to usurp our profession by elements of corporate America, private foundations, and media outlets should use Professor Whitman’s comments as a rallying cry.

Well-deserved honor!



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