Saturday, November 25, 2006

A plug for reading ancient philosophy from Will Smith!? (from an interview with Reader's Digest found here...)

"Smith: The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school. Traditional education is based on facts and figures and passing tests -- not on a comprehension of the material and its application to your life. Jada and I homeschool our children, because the date of the Boston Tea Party does not matter.

RD: But there are some basics in education that need to be taught.

Smith: Of course there are. Reading, writing and arithmetic, because those are the languages of our country.

RD: When you say you homeschool, do you mean you actually teach them?

Smith: No, we have hired teachers who teach what we feel is important. For example, Plato's Republic -- kids need to know that. Why is that not taught in first grade?

RD: You think kids in elementary school should read Plato's Republic?

Smith: Yeah. You cannot be an American without reading it and Aristotle's Politics. That is what the forefathers of this country read, and they used them to create what I believe is the finest system of government that has ever existed."

Of course, Smith's also rather down on formal education, including college. But what do you think?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

War, Peace, and Pacifism

A Panel Discussion

on Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00 pm, in VPH 215

Brief Presentations by the Panelists
followed by Open Discussion

The panelists are:

Mike Andres
Mitch Kinsinger
Don Wacome
Dan Young
Mike Yoder

Click on name for the written presentation.