THINK: Use this question outline for thinking through your ideas â€œOn Educationâ€ â€“
Ã˜ What is education for? (Good job or Good Life?)
Ã˜ What is â€œenlightenmentâ€?
Ã˜ Why read and write?
Ã˜ What is â€œthinking for yourselfâ€?
Ã˜ Incorporate symbols from Platoâ€™s â€œAllegory of the Caveâ€ to characterize your idea(s) on education: Who is in the cave? Whatâ€™s the pathway out? What does the sun symbolize?
REVIEW: Take time to review your notes & quotes on all of the course materials below. While you review, think about how you want to organize and synthesize a few important ideas to remember them for incorporation into your ongoing educational journey.
WRITE A LETTER: Your audience for this writing is yourself. Write a letter to yourself â€œOn Education,â€ which contains some insight, truth, or wisdom you want to remember and embody.
This essay covers these readings, assignments, and class discussions:
Why Education? [Essay Topic # 1]
Watch: Allegory of the Cave (6 min)
What is Enlightenment?
Watch: Kant (8 min)
Recommended for â€œAâ€ students: Lecture on Foucaultâ€™s â€œWhat is Enlightenment?â€ (20 min); 21st Century Enlightenment (11 min)
Ways of Reading & Why Read?
Read: Toni Morrison, The Dancing Mind (1996)
â€œIntroduction: Ways of Readingâ€ (doc sharing)
Watch: What is Literature For? (5 min)
Ways of Writing & Why Write?
Read: Foucault, Writing the Self
Watch: Dead Poetâ€™s Society
Philosophical Letter to Yourself on Education