The Bi-College Education Program
"So, every day, I’m challenging myself, 'What are you doing, bell, for the creation of the beloved community?' Because that’s the underground, local insistence that I be a fundamental part of the world that I’m in." -- bell hooks
Each a Teacher, Each a Learner
The Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program is based on the belief that education rests on dialogue. Focused on teaching and learning as social, political, and cultural activities, the Education Program challenges students to explore the relationships among schooling, human development, and society as they gain and create knowledge and skills of educational theory and practice. Students who complete one of the Education Program options are prepared to become lifelong learners, educators, researchers, leaders and agents of change. Each course includes a field experience - from two hours each week to full-time practice teaching - through which students learn to integrate academic and experiential knowledge.
To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish.
- James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers
Students study education in order to:
- Approach learning as a pivotal human and cultural activity
- Explore ideas about how people and communities change and grow
- Investigate schooling as a powerful and problematic setting for personal and societal development
- Examine educational institutions in the context of political, economic and social dynamics
- Specialize in such topics as urban schooling, special education, math and science education, literacies and education, educational psychology, and English learners in U.S. schools
- Experience fieldwork placements in classrooms and others educational settings in urban and suburban environments
- Prepare for careers in teaching, academia, counseling, leadership and other positions serving the public good
When you listen to others, you value them.
- James E. Miller and Susan C. Cutshal, The Art of Being a Healing Presence