Rediscovering the Meaning of “Education”

| April 4, 2011

“Education” can mean something different for different people. For many of us, the nuances of education have many shades and its implications are varying. The definition of education has morphed through the centuries as humans have made profound discoveries, advancing culturally, socially, and technologically. So what does education mean to you, now, in this day and age?

This is a question that participants in Thursday evening’s experiential workshop “Reimagining a Renaissance Image of Education: Michel de Montaigne and Creative Teaching” will examine. Professors David Hansen and Megan Laverty of the Philosophy & Education program at Teachers College will co-facilitate this session geared toward engaging participants in a creative rediscovery of the meaning of “education” in our lives. With a format that allows for various activities centered around discussion, the facilitators hope to lead participants through a journey of rethinking previously held notions of education.

Prof. Hansen describes a unique attribute of the workshop that will allow participants to step back in time:

At the center of the session will be an essay from the late¬†Renaissance about education, written by Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592).¬† His essay is a marvelous account of the education of children — it offers us a way to reimagine education, to engage in a “renaissance,” or rebirth, of our own notions of education.

In this photo, it is clear to see how beloved the statue of Michel de Montaigne on the Rue des Ecoles in Paris, across the street from the Sorbonne, is: his highly polished shoe shows how it’s been touched by countless hands.

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