Better Education, or a Waste of Time?

by George Leef

Here’s a memo regarding a speaker at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Chico State University:

During spring semester, the CELT Book Club will be exploring a book by Laura Rendón, the keynote speaker at this year’s CELT Conference.  Her book, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation (Stylus Publishing, 2008) is described as: “… a transformative vision of education that emphasizes the harmonic, complementary relationship between the sentir of intuition and the inner life, and the pensar of intellectualism and the pursuit of scholarship; between teaching and learning; formal knowledge and wisdom; and between Western and non-Western ways of knowing. In the process she develops a pedagogy that encompasses wholeness, multiculturalism, and contemplative practice, that helps students transcend limiting views about themselves; fosters high expectations, and helps students to become social change agents.” The content connects well with efforts toward improving retention, graduation rates, and creating a more inclusive campus environment.

Hat tip: Charlie Geshekter