‘Knowledge First, Then Wisdom After’

February 8, 2012

Today is the final day for students to submit their essays or creative works (painting, musical composition, monologue, etc.) inspired by the 2011–12 college theme, Wisdom. In the fourth and final faculty paper related to the theme, Professor of Education Jim Harrington articulates how lyrics from‘A Hymn for Mary Baldwin’ parallel the legacies of Mary Baldwin students and graduates. The faculty writings are intended to deepen understanding of the theme throughout the campus community. The contributors, whose work has been published on Mary Baldwin News, represent each of the four School of Excellence.
Jim Harrington

“Our approach to teacher preparation is guided by the notion of knowledge first, then wisdom after. In our every instructional transaction with our students, we seek to expose them to the broadest possible array of theories and principles, tools and techniques … to cloak them in knowledge which attempts to anticipate the many surprises which will face them each day in the classroom. We want them to be ready to succeed in an environment which is often defined by students’ individual learning challenges, and behavioral discontinuities. Beyond this, we want them to be leaders in their schools, among their colleagues, and in their communities.”

Read the rest of Harrington’s essay on the college theme webpage.