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> From: "nanfa" <owner-nanfa-digest_at_aquaria.net>
> To: <nanfa-digest_at_aquaria.net>
> Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 12:50 PM
> Subject: nanfa V1 #1471
> > nanfa Thursday, December 5 2002 Volume 01 : Number
> > By "as much as they need to know" I am only facing
> > reality. Most of the students that I will be teaching
> > will not leave the farm. And those that do will
> > likely stray only as far as the factories and kaolin
> > mines nearby.
> This is not much about fishes, and anyone who is not interested should
> skip it.
> I have no idea what ambitions, lack of ambitions, background, lack of
> background, acceptance of science, rejection of science, abilities, lack
> abilities, or anything else my students come to the classroom with. I do
> know that most of them are poor, and I guess that some of them see a
> education as a way out of their poverty. For those for whom that is the
> case, their only hope of it working is for me and the other faculty to do
> much as possible to offer them the chance to learn as much as they can.
> a young woman shows up in class, and her father works as a farmhand, her
> brother is a clerk at a 7-11, her sister is on the streets, and the last
> knew of her other brother is that he was arrested in Kansas City for
> dope, I suppose one could predict that she won't get far in life. On the
> other hand, as her teacher, I might assume that if she can learn a little
> biology (and a little of whatever else she studies), maybe she will get a
> little further along than the others did. Since I don't know how much or
> how little she needs to know, I try to offer a course that compares
> favorably with the same course at other universities, and hope that I
> through my lack of vision for her, stifle her chances.
> E.O. Wilson, Harvard professor and one of the best known biologists today
> grew up in small-town Alabama, the son of a store clerk. Stephen J.
> father was an immigrant who raised his family on what he earned as a
> worker in Brooklyn. When I was at the University of Texas at Brownsville
> taught many students whose parents, siblings, and sometimes themselves
> migrant farm workers. Some of those students today hold Ph.D.'s, M.D.'s,
> and other advanced degrees, and two are university professors. A couple
> them even have careers working with fish. I've known more successful
> biologists who came off the farm than from any other setting.
> Oh, did I mention that I have six siblings, my parents didn't finish
> high school, and I lived the first years I remember in one of the roughest
> "oil patch" towns in West Texas? But I had a teacher with aquaria in the
> classroom, and who let us read anything that was in the school library,
> though the "head teacher" said that certain books were for certain grades
> Whoa ......... ! This horse is too high, let me climb down.
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