On Ludlow, Northwestern, and the Ethics of Teaching
News: Here are two articles from the Tribune and The Daily Northwestern discussing how Ludlow will no longer be teaching this semester, after students planned a walk-out of his class. Also, here is…
Feminist Philosophers had this posted earlier today. I find these two segments particularly important:
"[As a student] I am putting my academic self-concept, my personal growth, and a whole lot of intellectual and interpersonal trust in my teachers and my mentors. I am giving over parts of myself to them in the hope that I will emerge a better, wiser, and more knowledgeable person. The realization that I cannot trust a particular teacher or mentor to have my well-being in mind—to realize that they might not care whether I emerge from our interactions as a better, wiser, or more knowledgeable person—to worry whether they might use my eagerness and my trust for some end that I do not endorse—is a rather devastating experience….
I find it weird and worrisome that philosophy discusses the ethics of being a doctor, a businessperson, a scientist, and an engineer, but not the ethics of being a teacher. For a group of people who so highly value reflection and introspection, who are perfectly fine using “I” in our papers, we philosophers bizarrely do not seem that collectively interested in looking at ourselves as teachers and what it means to be an intellectual mentor to someone—which is sort of the backbone of our profession, yes? “