Sunday, May 20, 2012

CRTF continues...

As the work of the Curriculum Review Task Force carries on, now well into its second year, I ask all of my colleagues, students, and friends to consider the parts they all play as citizens of the world...and the roles they all play in helping themselves and others fulfill those parts.

Someday (next summer, maybe, when the REU's direction is no longer chiefly my responsibility?) I hope to write at length about the curriculum review, for it's been a sometimes-trying, sometime-exhilarating, but ever-rich-and-rewarding experience. So much to say about it, so much to say.

And so much to say about my ever-changing perception of my part in it...and about my part in the school more broadly, and in society and humanity more broadly still. The reading I've done in the past month alone (Joseph Weizenbaum, Antonio Damasio, William McDonogh & Michael Braungart, and Martha Nussbaum, all tempered by the poetry of Marge Piercy, Ted Hughes, and Adrienne Rich) convinces me more solidly than ever before that we folks in the "hard" sciences constrain our roles too tightly: we tend to dive dangerously deeply into our disciplines. From our depths we lose sight of the stars.

More soon...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, you know who this is. First of, I wanted to apologize for my b-tching and sometimes snobbish comments. Obviously I'm talking out of frustration and a concern for myself which is difficult to staunch (if you don't already know.. you won't have to worry about me in the oncoming semesters). This doesn't mean I don't understand your incredible dedication to making academics more accessible to everyone - in fact, I deeply appreciate it and want to take a part as well.

What is some good introductory material from pedagogy I should read to, you know, get educated?