Reflections on Minds and Moonbeams

The majority of my posts thus far have been about teaching and learning and the crucial engagement between teacher and student.  Hopefully, then, I have been clear that I believe the purpose of education—especially a liberal arts education—is not merely the “filling” of minds, but the “formation” of minds.  So as important, as crucial, as…

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Reflections on the Liberal Arts and Preparation for Career: Program Considerations

IV. Program Considerations First, liberal arts learning must self-consciously aim at integration, at helping students gain a sense of the “connectedness of things.”  Education in any structure can degenerate to an exercise in trivial pursuit.  The disciplines have legitimate goals and they have served the advance of human knowledge well.  But unless the disciplines become…

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Reflections on the Liberal Arts and Preparation for Career

For most of my career I have grappled,publicly and privately, with the issues of liberal education—and written close to a dozen papers/presentations on the subject—while serving two institutions that celebrate in their mission statements a commitment to the core values of the liberal arts.  Having said that, I wouldn’t pass myself off as an expert. Far…

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