November 2009

Living Teachers
By RJ Snell on November 02, 2009

In An Education for our Time, Josiah Bunting suggests that the fictional Adams College ought to hire mentors especially based on "how the candidates have lived their own lives . . . " (210).

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Liberal Education and/versus/with Integration of Knowledge
By Gabriel Martinez on November 04, 2009

Is this statement true, false, or uncertain? Explain fully.

"Liberal education implies integration of knowledge. Professors of liberal learning must be well-integrated people. They should avoid narrow specialization in their own discipline: their aim should be to be conversant in many disciplines. Hence their work should always be interdisciplinary, crossing the artificial boundaries set up by modern academia."

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Republic of the Intellect: 30th Anniversary of a Modern Classic
By Gary Scott on November 06, 2009

Liberal education for Professor Eva T.H. Brann consists of "artfully superintended conversations . . . aided by great books." It provides Americans with an education that suits its political regime, a matching, according to Brann, that Aristotle would have recommended. Studying the classics and the American founding does "not aim at a return to the past but at its re-appropriation for the present."

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General Education, Service Learning, and Experiencing the Becoming
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on November 09, 2009

Is it possible to learn through doing? To what degree is a liberal arts general education curriculum truly liberal arts if one involves students in service learning—in learning through doing? In my journey through leading the revision of the general education curriculum at my own university, I have encountered various arguments for and against this question. Some argue that service learning unduly muddles a true liberal arts curriculum with avant-garde pedagogy and a substitution of academic rigor with experiential learning. Others suggest that liberal arts education in the 21st century has to include some type of experiential learning to relate the intellect and the will in the constantly changing global landscape.

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Introducing The Subfields of Political Science: Big Questions for Contemporary Politics, Part V
By John von Heyking on November 12, 2009

Connecting classical political thought and contemporary problems.

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"Hustler" Nation
By Phil Hamilton on November 13, 2009

In a recent post on teaching the U.S. history survey, I wrote about how best to discuss with students the complex paradoxes present in America's past. I also mentioned that freedom is one of my course's central themes. I typically examine the intellectual roots of the concept of human liberty, why freedom emerged in the British American colonies in the 17th–18th centuries, and how/why Americans have debated the parameters of freedom ever since. But I've always struggled to find the right balance in discussing some of the grimmer realities of American history alongside America's profoundly important ideals and idealism.

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Death and Political Philosophy
By Paul DeHart on November 16, 2009

Political theory, faith, secularism. A potent concoction.

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Living Students
By RJ Snell on November 18, 2009

Admissions boards should consider student character as much as, perhaps more than, their ability.

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Wikipedia: Is It Really That Bad?
By Anthony Gill on November 20, 2009

This is more of a confessional than it is a blog posting. I need to come clean. Iím looking for absolution. For what, you ask? I use Wikipedia.

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Introducing The Subfields of Political Science: Big Questions for Contemporary Politics, Part VI
By John von Heyking on November 23, 2009

When my class turns to the subject of international law, we examine the documents of international law that were inspired to a large degree by the vision of Kantís Toward Perpetual Peace. The students read Woodrow Wilsonís "Fourteen Points" speech to consider how, in Kantian fashion, he saw the link between a democratic constitution (Kant prefers the language of republican constitution) and international treaties.

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