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How can we best engage college students in the idea of learning instead of just getting a degree?

I work at a 4 year, public university and I see a great deal of students who come to school to get their degree (which they equate to money/success) and do not care about learning. What are your thoughts on the best way to engage them in the actual process of learning. I have my thoughts, but would love to hear my fellow TEDsters thoughts.


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  • Mar 18 2013: see California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), a school that does it right. Learning must take into account the whole of a person, their experiences and unfoldment on all levels, especially spiritual. Authentic learning must relate back to personal experiences, honor differing global perspectives, while doing its best to create a safe space where personal transformation can take place. This is a dramatic shift from traditional academia which discounts and denies the individual as an integral part of the learning process, one which focuses on correct answers embedded in western ethnocentrism. This system has produced good workers. By shifting our notions of true learning, we can begin to unveil extraordinary people.

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