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September 07, 2005

Hurricane Katrina...a teaching moment

Hurricane Katrina...a teaching moment

I have been struck by a point in comparing 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.  You see after 9/11 people on the street were very very quiet and the academic listservs were very loud with discussions of politics, religion, and how to work with students to discuss the issues. 

In sharp contrast we have the last week as the unfolding aftermath of Hurricane Katrina filled the airwaves and column inches of the mass media.  In the last week the people on the street are normal to loud and the listservs are quiet.

On Monday I put out a call to one listserv asking what those that are teaching this semester will be doing on the issues surround the disaster in their classes.  To date I have received one response, that one being from a fellow member of my program who is teaching out-of-state. 

What does this mean?  I'm almost afraid to think that one through...are faculty not using this as a teaching moment or are they just not responding to an email?  I really don't know for sure, all I do know is that this evening as my class discussion of the issues was winding down I asked the students if they had discussed the disaster in their other classes.  Only two people in my class of 38 had had another class where the issues were even broached.  My guess is, knowing their majors, that they were both in the same class with a faculty member in my department who told me that she had discussed the issue of lost health records in her class.  I know it's only Wednesday, just two short class days after the feds entered the city of New Orleans, but you would think there would be more than one other class discussion represented in a group this large.

Posted by prolurkr at September 7, 2005 10:43 PM

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that's funny because there has been a good bit of discussion on wmst-l

Posted by: sarah at September 8, 2005 08:39 AM