THINK: Use this question outline for thinking through your ideas “On Education” –
Ø What is education for? (Good job or Good Life?)
Ø What is “enlightenment”?
Ø Why read and write?
Ø What is “thinking for yourself”?
Ø Incorporate symbols from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to characterize your idea(s) on education: Who is in the cave? What’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 “On Education,” 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)
Ways of Reading & Why Read?
Read: Toni Morrison, The Dancing Mind (1996)
“Introduction: Ways of Reading” (doc sharing)
Watch: What is Literature For? (5 min)
Ways of Writing & Why Write?
Read: Foucault, Writing the Self
Watch: Dead Poet’s Society
Philosophical Letter to Yourself on Education