I think that we all agree with Gerson's blog of what constitutes an educated person, although we may differ on some of the specifics:
- A persuasive leader (teacher/great mind)
- A teachable intellect and character
- A recognition that s/he must leave a particular place of being and journey toward a higher place of being (the assent of the soul)
I thought that I would move the conversation along by asking the question: "What would be an ideal general education program, or a liberal education program?"
The traditional classical liberal education included the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music) and the trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric); contemporary liberal education programs usually are divided into the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences (St. John's College and a few others are exceptions in covering the Great Books, but for most universities, this is not a realistic option).
Assuming we had professors who could and would teach competently in their respective fields, e.g., an English faculty teaching grammar and syntax in an a composition course rather than postmodern feminist theory, what courses should be included as part of a general education program? What courses should be excluded? How would such a program be designed?