Thursday, March 6, 2014

What I Learned in College

A recent article in Inside Higher Ed details a program at Evergreen State University which requires students to write and revise (throughout their 4 years) an academic statement, pushing them to think about how all their college experiences are integrated and the kind of goals they have in choosing their paths. This approach asks students to come to terms with the values that they bring to their education, and to re-assess those values at regular intervals. It asks the faculty and the college as well to see students in a different light. As one faculty member states in the article:

“They need faculty to help them learn how to think about how their education will interface with the world. Students tend to be both practical and idealistic. They want to their education to matter in practical ways: to help them develop skills, funds of knowledge, and conceptual connections that will demystify the world and help them learn how to navigate and change it. But they also want their education to matter in ethical ways: to help them understand the implications of knowledge, and to better face the unpredictable but certain-to-arise dilemmas, personal and political, that they face as a function of simply being human.”

Read the article What I Learned in College

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