Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

Humanities in Education

Contributed by J. Robinson

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I had the opportunity to be able to sit with a professor from North Carolina A&T State University as she spoke about her life leading up to where she is today, starting in China and now being in Greensboro, North Carolina. While sitting in conversation with this lady, she tells me about how when she was younger, she went to school in China normal as expected. However when she reached the point in her schooling where we in the States would be starting high school, a war broke out in China and all the schools were closed. She explained to me how her parents were well educated and so for the time being she did as many other students did and went to work during the day to help earn money and when she got home her parents would homeschool her. She said this went on for several years and when the war ended, schools were opened again except she was too old to go back. She went on to tell me how she and her family struggled to save the money necessary for her to finish her primary education and come to America in order to go to college and how that has led to where she is today teaching classes at that very school she left her home to come to.
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Throughout my time in school we have always talked about how fortunate we are to be able to go to school. Not only are we able to go to school every day but we are able to do it for free. Here I am sitting, listening to a professor talk about how when she lived in China, not only was she not able to go to school for free, but for several years there were no schools for her to go to period. This really enlightened me in truly realizing how fortunate we are to be able to go to school at every level right here in our own country and to be able to do a large portion of that for free.

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Humanities in Education

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Throughout my time in school we have always talked about how fortunate we are to be able to go to school. Not only are we able to go to school every day but we are able to do it for free. Here I am sitting, listening to a professor talk about how when she lived in China, not only was she not able to go to school for free, but for several years there were no schools for her to go to period. This really enlightened me in truly realizing how fortunate we are to be able to go to school at every level right here in our own country and to be able to do a large portion of that for free.

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I had the opportunity to be able to sit with a professor from North Carolina A&T State University as she spoke about her life leading up to where she is today, starting in China and now being in Greensboro, North Carolina. While sitting in conversation with this lady, she tells me about how when she was younger, she went to school in China normal as expected. However when she reached the point in her schooling where we in the States would be starting high school, a war broke out in China and all the schools were closed. She explained to me how her parents were well educated and so for the time being she did as many other students did and went to work during the day to help earn money and when she got home her parents would homeschool her. She said this went on for several years and when the war ended, schools were opened again except she was too old to go back. She went on to tell me how she and her family struggled to save the money necessary for her to finish her primary education and come to America in order to go to college and how that has led to where she is today teaching classes at that very school she left her home to come to.

Date

June 2014

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J. Robinson

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