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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

School Me, I Dare Ya: The Follies of Education and the Language Arts as a Catalyst for Change

Some days it's as if we have to fight for a decent education. Students are not taught enough practical information or skills in college, particularly as undergrads. Using creative writing as a medium, the presenter will show through various anecdotes, contemporary literary examples and recent studies, that our lives inside the classroom are like those of children sheltered from society. Such children, released from their protective captivity after 21 years, would prove inept and awkward in society. Likewise, after we leave our ivory-tower academia, our minds are crammed with theories, philosophies and basic critical-thinking abilities, but we have no skills to succeed in the world outside of school. Real education often takes place outside of the classroom. My goal is to start a dialogue that will ultimately change the way we, as individuals, groups, cultures, societies and, simply, humans approach, perceive, receive and critique institutional education and knowledge in general.

Presenter: Kathleen Gill (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)