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December 7, 2012

A liberal education

Filed under: Education — Mike Kueber @ 8:21 pm

One of my favorite expressions is “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  Consistent with that expression, I have always felt that a liberal education at a non-commuter college is the best way to get on track for such a life. 

Today’s San Antonio Express-News contains an op-ed piece by Thomas Mengler about the education of Abraham Lincoln, who many consider America’s greatest president.  Although most of the piece focuses on the specifics of that education, it concludes with a description of how that education can be best replicated today:  . 

  • The modern equivalent to Lincoln’s education, I would argue, is the kind of education — a values-based liberal arts education on a residential campus — St. Mary’s University and many other fine liberal arts institutions have provided for a long time. It is an education where students read broadly and deeply, think critically, and learn to write and speak effectively, though a nurturing community where faculty and staff facilitate the shaping of students’ hearts as well as minds. It is not a drive-thru, discount model of education. No, the lesson of Lincoln’s education is that the transformative education of young adults into ethical leaders is hard work, collaborative and multidimensional.”

Well said.


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