Sorry I’ve been so late to blog, I was out recreateing (as I assume most of you were this weekend) and was out of cell phone reception. I wanted to write to further the conversation and get a pulse on people’s opinions on what we talked about in class on thursday.
Just to refresh:
I started a conversation by expressing my frustration with Fort Lewis’ focus on critical thinking in the general curriculum (especially in lower classmen courses). I reflect back on it now and think that there is a lot of great thinking that is going on in majors, but I believe that a certain basis of critical thought, inquiry etc is lacking. Fort Lewis’ student body (generally) seems to be tapped out of a larger intellectual consciousness in favor of ahem, recreateing. I brought up that I believed that if there was more of a stimulating draw to attend classes that students could get even more out of their college experience.
I noticed a lot of reflection of my opinion on this issue with you guys and I was wondering if there is something to be done. Now I know that we only have a week left, but I think it’s a rare opportunity that we are a small group that meets 5 days a week and are generally a diverse group when it comes to our majors. I think we could spend our remaining time together to create something, ie a proposal that would be passed along to higher ups. I know a lot of you have started your research projects, but I believe that we could spend our time together in class and less time out of class creating a compelling and well thought through argument on why and how things need to change. With the diversity in our majors we could each attack (sorry for the fighting word) it from our own angle, talking about why critical thinking is important and why it’s lacking to a degree in the preparation for our major. I don’t want to go too in depth of my ideas of what it all could look like over blog, I think if people are interested we could talk about it in class, but I wanted to put it out there for a project idea that could fufill the requirements for class and possibly have an impact outside of our 5 weeks together.
Now my keyboard has decided to stop working so I’m going to have to end this post. Let’s talk tomorrow