Whether college, high school, elementary school, or preschool age, today's students are going to face challenges heretofore unknown. The pace of change is accelerating, and it's estimated that 70 percent of them will end up in jobs not yet invented. They will collaborate with people on multiple continents, struggling to solve problems we don't yet recognize.
One unique aspect of the Hampshire College experience is that students get to work closely with a faculty committee of their choosing. A student’s four years at Hampshire are separated into three Divisions, and the committee is an essential part of Divisions II and III. During Division II, students design a concentration based on their areas of interest. In Division III, students complete a major independent project.
I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling. I wanted to understand the society I was living in, read everything I could find, and when I had the chance to see other volunteers we sat up late arguing about democracy, justice, and development theory. The experience shaped my lif
As my peer Brigid wrote in a previous post, our school received the 2015 Community Engaged Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This selective classification is awarded to colleges and universities that instill the importance of working and engaging with local communities through various curricula, programs, and pedagogical philosophies.