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Mission Week 2015: Daily Reflection

Each day of Mission Week, a member of the Marquette community will offer a reflection to echo the theme of Mission Week 2015, “Who Cares? Charity, Justice, and the Common Good.”

“Take justice away from love and you destroy love.” This quote, attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., captures the heart of my experience of Marquette’s mission. As a faculty member in the College of Education, I help prepare students studying to become teachers for all our country’s children. My pre-service teachers are deeply committed to caring for their future students by teaching them to read, write, do math, to understand science, history, and literature.

That commitment captures the love portion of this quote. They care deeply and will work diligently to support the learning of each child. My colleagues and I then challenge them also to see each individual child as a member of socio-cultural groups that experience varying degrees of justice/injustice in society—poverty, discrimination, limited access, etc. Those experiences of justice/injustice have huge effects on students’ learning, and consequently, on teachers’ work to help all their students succeed.

I am grateful that Marquette recognizes that serving the common good includes love for the individual and justice for all groups in society—both are needed. I am a better teacher educator and my students will become better teachers because of this balanced view of our service in education.

Sharon Chubbuck
Associate Professor
Educational Policy and Leadership
College of Education

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