Making the Case for the Humanities

Earlier this week, I was asked to speak to the parents of our upcoming 8th graders in the district I work in.  Rather than walking them through the courses available to them or answering specific questions regarding readings, requirements or subject matter–all of which I invited questions by email about–I chose a different tack.

I’m in the process of trying to redesign two departments K-12 with an eye on transforming learning practices and raising the expectations for our students.  I wanted to outline some of the pressures we as educators face, as well as show that students today are inundated with information.

I wanted them to know that learning in today’s world looks different than it did when they were in school.

This is what I came up with.  I’d love to hear your feedback:


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