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Experts Discuss ‘Risk of Education’

'Risk of Education' SpeakersWhat does it mean to be educated? Does attending top-notch schools, achieving outstanding test scores, participating in extra-curricular activities, and all that is commonly associated with a good education guarantee that one is educated? Experts, including University of St. Thomas’ Dr. Dominic Aquila, vice president for Academic Affairs, discuss whether education, as it is widely understood today, fully equips a young person for life.  This discussion takes place at 6:30 p.m. on March 20 in Anderson Hall 103.

Aquila said our current system of education is increasingly directed toward mastery of technique, and it achieves this goal with mixed success, depending upon the resources available to educate students. 

“What is in extremely short supply is a context for this technical education that answers the question of why technical mastery is important and which ends and purposes are appropriate for various technologies and lines of inquiry to pursue,” he said.

Expert guest panelists include Keith Kiser, headmaster of St. Joseph Catholic High School, and Holly Peterson, religious education instructor at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif., and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.

“An education, at its best, supplies a complete and well-rounded pedagogy for technical competence so that it is used for authentic human development,” Aquila said. “But even more important, it stresses the importance of searching out the answers to the deepest longings and desires of the human heart, namely the irrepressible human desire for God and the infinite and eternal.” 

During the event, the panel will discuss the fundamental factors of the phenomenon of education as Luigi Giussani points out in his book, “The Risk of Education.”

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Office of Academic Affairs and Crossroads Cultural Center-Houston. For more information, call 713-823-2263.


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