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October 10, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Bullying. Split families. Cultural issues. Drugs. Teen pregnancy. Attention Deficit Disorder. School violence. Being a student has never been more challenging. Neither has being a teacher. With increasingly difficult social, cultural, and generational issues we’re faced with some serious questions. What is happening in our schools? And are we producing competent, caring children with strong moral and ethical fiber?

Join English Professor Grant Smith on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, as he looks more closely at the challenges of teaching in today’s world. Through his talk, "Who Cares? Teaching With an Ethic of Care in the Classroom," he’ll explore why a teacher’s first priority is not teaching math, science, English, or any other subject in which they specialize. Instead, it is in shaping the character development of students and helping produce ethical, moral, competent, and loving young people.

Smith weaves real life examples from his 13 years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels into his message and clearly shows why using an ethic of care in the classroom makes a world of difference and creates lasting blessings for teachers and students.
The presentation, sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, is free and open to the public. A reception in the Hospitality Suite will immediately follow the talk.

For more information, contact Richard Kyte, director of the Ethics Institute, at ext. 3704, email, or contact Smith at ext. 3485 or email

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