Getting to know one of our own January 27, 2015 Victoria kwaben
“For them to be able to discern right from wrong; understanding moral relativism. I want my students to be able to see relations between varieties of ideals of facts.” During his interview Passehl speaks with an in subconscious passion about what he wants his students to take away from his classes. When asked what his main goal for his classes were Passhel immediately responds, “good question.” After taking a moment to think, he states two words: “Moral Relativism.” Moral Relativism is the way one perceives something or implies that good and evil are relative to oneself. He then goes on to explain the reason why he wants students to understand the failures of engaging in moral relativism.
As students, we so often feel inclined to better know the people who inspire, educate, and guide us along our journeys to evolve into independent and successful adults. Or to some of you, these adults may be referred to as the people we are forced to spend time and work with for the next four years of our lives, the moment we walk through the doors as freshman of Joliet Catholic Academy. Either way, these people become an influential factor in our lives. Another name for them may be known as: teachers. Here is a glimpse into the life and mind of Robert Passehl, Theology 3 teacher.
Passehl has been said to have this calmness to him, a serenity that carries onto the class. This gives the classroom a relaxed ambiance, where one may distress and open their minds to fresh perspective. Everyday Passehl commences his class with the gospel. When asked why, Passehl laughs exclaiming, “it’s the good news!” He says that the message of the gospel is always relative to everyone. He explains hearing the gospels are almost lessons, “It relates to us, speaks to us individually as much as it did two hundred years ago.” Also during his class, Passehl discusses current events in society, he says the reason for is that “religious beliefs shape the current outlook In society.” Through this statement, Passehl means, that today people make decisions and take actions because of their beliefs. Thus, it is important that as students we are familiar with balancing the two, because at times we may fault in trying to do so. For example: the horrific situation in France currently. The good news, along with current events in society, helps Passehl to achieve his number one goal for his classes as a teacher.
Stepping into college, Passehl did not know that he wanted to be a teacher. His only assurance was that he wanted to receive his Theology major. He asserts with true joy why so, “to me, a theology major is the highest, most important honor and disciplines for me. It is where I could search for truth. It’s the only that is true to me.” Evidently Passehl did receive his theology major, in which he earned at Loras College and the University of St. Francis. It was there that he heard, and felt his calling to be a teacher, when he stumbled upon being a coach for a swimming team.
Outside side of school, and besides swimming, Passehl’s favorite things to do are: spending time with his family, working in a garage-“doing mechanical things,” he helpfully elaborates, and hunting, involving shooting archery fire arms.
If he could give any type of advice to high school students, concerning their high school career or life, he would say “it is most important to figure out how you learn.”
Finally, and most importantly, when asked very seriously: Mr. Passehl, do you have any peculiar habits?”
He nods, and answers earnestly in response, “melting metal.”