We'll use advisory block on Wednesday, September 11 for small group discussions. For these conversations, students are encouraged to be present, listen, process, and take risks.
Knowing that choice is important and allows advisors as discussion leaders to choose the best option for the dynamics of their group, here are two options for starting a discussion using Educated as a starting point. Advisors may also lead a conversation based on a structure/format of their own design.
- "Education" Option (also found on the back of the bookmark that was handed out with books, this choice may be good for groups just getting to know one another): Start by watching this 3-minute video conversation with Bill Gates and Tara Westover. What does the term "educated" mean to you? A great deal of educational moments take place in the classroom, but not all. What other important moments of education happen in life? What kind of freedom do you feel education has given you in your own life?
- "Intrinsic Motivation" Option: Read aloud the following quote found in the book: "An education is not so much about making a living as making a person." Indeed, Tara was not extrinsically motivated by external drivers such as a degree from a certain institution or by dreams of a high paying job, but rather by intrinsic motivating factors like intellectual curiosity and the joy of learning. What role does intrinsic motivation play in education? What role should it play? Is it possible to teach intrinsic motivation? How does it feel to achieve goals you set for yourself when you are intrinsically vs. extrinsically motivated? Watch the 3-minute segment (9:22-12:50) of Tara Westover's commencement address at Northeastern last spring. What motivates us to create this "third identity" and what could we gain allowing ourselves to be motivated not by our virtual avatars but by our flawed human selves?
Consider using this discussion as a way to set a group advisory goal for Tri1, as suggested by Mr. Williamson during opening meetings.