‘Hamilton’ and Liberal Education

I expected to comment on a different issue this morning but this is important. Govt in New Zealand is increasingly focussed on education for jobs. This has been a particular thread with information technology over the last few weeks.

Clearly jobs are important and nobody is suggesting that we ignore that but I understand the greater importance that “Education should maximize students’ opportunities for lifelong learning, civic participation and meaningful work” regardless of social and economic background.

The quotation is from Michael Roth a university president in the USA. He has just introduced a prize for incoming students who have, ” submitted (with the application for admission) a work of fiction, poetry, song, or creative nonfiction judged to best reflect originality, artistry and dynamism”.

Now to me, that is an action that builds toward a beautiful and sustainable future.

Kia Toa Kia Ngakaunui

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/hamilton-and-liberal-educ_b_10465636.html?utm_hp_ref=science

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My passion is telling the stories of possibility, seeking a sustainable and beautiful future. My training is in science, chemistry, environmental science and teaching.
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