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Lake Region State College

LRSC Philosophy of

General Education

I.

An educated person must have a

critical appreciation of society and of

self. This includes some understanding

and experience in thinking about moral

and ethical problems which enable an

educated person to make discriminat-

ing moral choices—

personal/interpersonal

skills.

1.

To understand how a human being be-

haves individually and how one is linked

to one’s social and natural environ-

ment—

know thyself

2.

To understand the complexities and

uncertainties of personal and social

environments, to understand how indi-

viduals may be changed and controlled

by their environments, and to develop

skills to change and control environ-

ments—

personal change and growth

3.

To apply knowledge gained in the

educational process and use that knowl-

edge in everyday living—

apply knowl-

edge to the real world

4.

To develop skills for designing and

evaluating a personal mental and physi-

cal health program—

mental and physi-

cal wellness

5.

To recognize the importance of leisure

and develop the use of leisure for posi-

tive life changes—

importance of leisure

6.

To develop the ability to make respon-

sible decisions based upon understand-

ing and experience in discussing moral

and ethical problems in society—

values

and ethics

7.

To develop work habits and ethics

necessary to function effectively in the

workplace—

work-related skills

II.

An educated person must be able

to think, speak and write effectively—

communication/thinking skills

.

1.

To develop a working knowledge of the

English language to communicate ef-

fectively by writing and speaking clearly

and concisely—

present ideas

2.

To develop the skills necessary to gath-

er, integrate, synthesize, and analyze

written and oral information in a critical

manner—

rational/critical/higher-order

thinking

3.

To use information objectively for solv-

ing problems and arriving at alternative

solutions—

problem-solving skills

4.

To develop the critical listening and

reading skills needed to interpret the

messages of speakers and authors—

reading/listening critically

5.

To nurture creative thinking and intel-

lectual curiousity through opportunities

and incentives and to encourage at-

tempts at different, divergent solutions

to open-ended questions, problems,

and situations—

creativity/intellectual

curiousity

6.

To conceptualize links between events,

entities, and ideas and the large context

in which they occur

—integrate ideas of

the world

III.

An educated person must have an

understanding of other cultures to en-

able one to conduct life with reference

to the wider world within which one

lives

global/multi-cultural experiences.

1.

To gain knowledge of Western and

non-Western cultures and other times

in order to better understand the world

and its people

—the world/Eastern/

Western civilizations

2.

To recognize that world events are

interdependently linked, are affected by

the social environment, and are influ-

enced by institutions created within an

interactive society, and to understand

that impact on one event has ramifi-

cations for other events and for the

whole—

understand world events from

differing disciplines

3.

To nurture a philosophy that asserts the

dignity of humanity while understand-

ing the value of world diversity in race,

ethnicity, and culture—

global culturalism