Fri 9 Jul 2010
Beginning freshman year, i have been able to experience the classroom variety that comes with college. I have attended classes where no one spoke, and others where no one listened. But of all the classes I have taken so far, my favorite so far has been “Racial and Ethnic Politics”. Not only was the subject controversial and engaging, Dr. Harles, the professor, was able to create an environment that allowed us to engage truthfully about varying subject matters. The ability to speak honestly and with respect about issues our society often “sweeps under the rug” was in itself a learning experience. Dr. Harles’ creative approach to learning, included current text on race issues, video documentaries about historical race and ethnic issues in America, and weekly discussion periods where students expressed educated insights on topics. Although several debates arose, the respectful environment Dr. Harles established made even heated debates an enjoyable experience. All this, made this class a great educational experience and further reminded me of why i chose Messiah.