Friday, June 01, 2007

Nearly the end of spring term

It is Friday evening at the end of week 9 (or 10 weeks) and everyone is focused on the end of term. Some of our students are thinking about graduation, and we could remind them of the goals of education. Here are two essays to read. The newer one is from The New Yorker by Louis Menard called "The Graduates." Theolder one is a classic from Harper's 2003 by John Gatto, "Against School." Both essays could be good material for an essay on education. In fact, if our graduates cannot answer these questions or share their own perspective on education at this point, then I wonder how their minds were opened in their four years here at OSU.

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