Life Isn't a Textbook

Forum Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Address
Saturday January 24, 2015 12:15pm

Textbooks are a holdover from a knowledge-scarce world, where content was collected into neat reliable packages.  In the knowledge-rich world of the future, content is accessed everywhere and the bogus and the relevant live side by side.  The point of a Liberal Arts degree is to learn to tell the difference and be able to integrate knowledge into more complex patterns of thought.  The ePorfolio needs to be a demonstration that the student can thrive in a messy evolving world of discovery and both discern important content and integrate them creatively and usefully.  The major is dead. Long live critical thinking and analysis.

José Antonio Bowen
President
Goucher College