My college is developing new inquiry courses for freshmen. The idea is for students to choose a couple of courses their first year where they can explore exploring. Think about thinking. Discuss. Wonder. Grow. Begin to change their minds.
My lovely task: develop a course that I’d enjoy teaching.
My crazy problem: too many ideas.
Though I’ve narrowed my list to two choices, I need to survey the incoming freshman class and ask them, “Which of these courses would you prefer? A global look at sustainability? Or a science of fiction course?”
“I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.” I was an environmentalist before it became hip. Back when loving the Earth was ridiculed. Damn tree-huggers. A sustainability course could explore topics like
global food production and distribution,
destruction of ecosystems,
the carbon cycle,
overpopulation and more.
I’d also like to teach the world to love to read and one path to that goal is reading fiction together and discussing it. The fiction I would impose on my students would have elements of science:
Contact by Carl Sagan
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Footprints of God by Greg Isles
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Watership Down by Richard Adams
My list is too long for one semester. The course could change every semester. Yikes.
Anyone out there have an opinion? If you were 18 again and about to start college, would you enroll in either of these courses?