The Heart Of Higher Education Summary

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Running head: The Heart of Higher Education: A Call To Renewal Book Review: The Heart of Higher Education: A Call To Renewal Ricardo Salazar Dallas Baptist University February 24, 2013 Book Review: The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal About the authors of The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal - Parker Palmer is a highly respected writer, teacher, and an activist whose focus is on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change. Dr. Palmer received his PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Palmer has won national awards and earned many academic achievements during his tenure. The co-author, Arthur Zajonc, is a professor…show more content…
For example, if I were a student in a mechanic class and I was learning all the parts of the engine and how they work and end my studies just on being a part expert I would be limited in value when I go out into the real world having studied on one or two parts. I need to understand as a student and practitioner how all the parts work in the whole machine. Simply just knowing about individual parts and not how the whole machine operates simply means I was not completely educated. Based on the theory of this book and applying it to the example I just came up with – this is what they say is happening with students. The authors suggest that education should inspire people to act towards the whole rather than on the parts. Another area the authors talk about is the academic rigor involved in the academy. The academic rigor the universities publish is mostly relating to course work. I think as a student who hears that the program in the university is academically rigorous is intimidating. I thing rigor is an overused word that every colleges advertise to make the program seem…show more content…
Reformation takes when students, faculty and administrators see that what has worked for years isn’t working anymore. Ultimately, the students are the product of a university where they are either changed to make a difference in the world or offer little in return to the community. According to the authors and I agree when they say “college should be imaginative and integrative…where ideas are at work (Palmer, 2010).” It is easy to say what college should be or can be easy but difficult to do – that is why they are calling for reformation. Internalization of thoughts and accomplishments in higher education administration and its performance should be what push for changes in teaching and

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