When I first "met" ShImer, I knew it was a great books school. And I came to know it as a school -- an educational community -- filled with the pursuit of great questions. Hence parts of this blog focusedon questions.
Here are a few to contemplate.
I admire the contributions of Eugene Lang, who has written much about liberal education; his questions include
In view of their acknowledged problems, have liberal arts colleges lost their relevance and do they, in terms of their traditional mission as liberal arts colleges, face extinction? If so, and the ‘natural selection process’ is allowed to proceed, does it matter? If it matters, why? What are the options for survival? And would ’responsiblecitizenship,’ as an active ingredient, contribute significantly as a force for breathing new life and vitality into the liberal arts mission? (p. 133, “Distinctively American: The Liberal Arts College"; click here for the article; click here for the innovative undergraduate institution named after Lang)
As I have noted elsewhere in this blog, I also admire as well the work of Sharon Parks
How might the academy maintain its commitment to truth, proceed with integrity in the light of the relative character of all knowledge, and serve the formation of young adults. . . ? Is the epistemology assumed in the modern academy true? Is there an alternative epistemology, a more adequate way of perceiving the relationship of human understanding to the apprehension of the whole of reality? (Sharon Parks, The Critical Years: Young Adults and the Search for Meaning, Faith and Commitment (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986), p. 136)
What are your questions? What are our answers?