What Does it Mean to be Educated?

Spring 2017

FRPG 2012
Instructor: Jeffery Frank
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
This course fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements and is cross-listed with EDUC; it can count for one education course in any of the education minors.

In this course we will take part in the interesting—and often very contentious—conversation provoked by a seemingly simple question: What does it mean to be educated? Across cultures and time thinkers and writers have responded to this question in very different ways, and a major goal of this course is to assess the quality of these responses while also developing our own way of addressing the question. Readings will be drawn from works in the philosophy of education, from literature and from recent educational policy. We will consider the impact of emerging technologies on this conversation as well as how various forms of privilege keep this conversation from being as broadly meaningful as it could become. Students will be encouraged to carefully consider ideas that initially appear too incredible to be given credence, and will be asked to reanimate and criticize ideas that have come to be taken as natural and so beyond question. The course will help us develop a deeper appreciation for the study of education, and it will empower us to find our own voice in this tremendously important conversation. To this end, each student will pursue a research project of their own choosing related to key themes from the course.

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