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Dr. John Lawry ’72 on the Importance of Caring in Teaching

Dr. John Lawry Fordham University

Dr. John Lawry ’72 (Educational Psychology)

Dr. John Lawry ’72 (Educational Psychology) is professor emeritus at the former Marymount College of Fordham University. He recently published “Talking Back: Caring Still Matters: ‘Teaching is an act of Love’ – Pope Francis” in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

In it, he responds to results of a recent Gallup poll indicating that “63 percent of the respondents had a professor who made them excited about learning, only 27 percent had a professor who cared about them, and only 22 percent had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams.” Dr. Lawry goes on to discuss why caring is important in teaching why there may be a “crisis in caring” in American higher education. Read the full article.

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