One of the top stories of 2016 from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Insightful interview with Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Of special note:
“Q. You teach a course on ethics and heroism at Virginia Tech. How exactly does one teach heroism to college students?
A. We teach aspirational ethics. What I teach my students is, You’re born heroic. I go into these animal studies, and heroism is actually in our nature. What you have to do is make sure that the system doesn’t change you, that our educational system doesn’t teach you to be willfully blind and to forget your aspirations, because that’s the default position.
We talk about the realities of heroism too. It’s not fun. These are gut-wrenching things. But the main thing is, Do not let our educational institutions make you into something that you will be ashamed of.”
Read the full story from the Chronicle of Higher Education here.