Years ago, one of its organizers (JDBK) worked on an approach to early childhood education in Chicago (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5157822-we-are-all-explorers) that, to his mind, was even better than the University of Chicago education he was pursuing at the time. This approach taught him that when people dialogue together and figure out what they collectively want to learn, the world changes in the learning space -- and beyond it.
We do a variety of things in our meetings. Most are discussions around a topic determined in advance. Some involve presentations by interested residents or by trained scholars. Some are very hands-on, involving writing, reflective work, even drawing. The group is broad-minded and open to input from anyone serious about reflecting together.
This topic comes from Dawn, who was one of CWRU 15 designed Thinkers this past semester as part of the strategic planning process for the entire university.
This summer, would we find it useful to read the book "The Coddling of the American Mind"? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coddling_of_the_American_Mind )
To that end, let's read the original article on which the book is based:
And then let's discuss it!