Imagining Your Ethical Future

Watch the videos about John Hunter’s work in education, listed in the link below.

  As you think about Hunter’s career and its impact on students consider the following quotes from A Professor’s Duties:

The function of the teacher is among the most important in our culture. He not only transmits essential knowledge and skills but, when he takes his calling seriously, strongly influences the formation of habits and the development of a philosophy of life. Yet this high calling is not valued at its true worth by the community nor, ironically enough, by teachers themselves. (Hook as cited in Markie, 1994, p. 89-90)

Socrates suggested that teachers are essentially midwives, seeking to help in the difficult process in which each student gives birth to the knowledge that gestates within. Educational philosophies since the Enlightenment have functioned out of another paradigm, with knowledge on the outside to be placed into the blank receptacle of the mind. The efforts to place this exterior knowledge within have frequently done violence, both to the student and the knowledge itself. It may be helpful to remember that, at least etymologically, the Socratic view is more accurate—educate means literally educe, to draw out. (Churchill as cited in Markie, 1994, p. 153)

Post a brief one-page reflection on the following:

  • In light of the model for valuing and attending to a long vocational calling presented by Hunter and Hook (1994), imagine your ethical future as an educator. What are the ethical dreams you have developed and what might it take to accomplish them?
  • Include your thoughts about how your peers have shaped your hopes for the future.

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