By Griffin Monahan, SED 2016
It is common for college students studying different areas to compare their courses, workload, and challenges, and the same is true at Boston University. When I engage in these types of conversations with my friends in other schools at BU, I often find myself with greater differences, rather than similarities, in part due to the uniqueness of the School of Education. The largest of these differences is what I would also argue is the most important: that being the opportunity to define myself through my courses. I have found a constant sense of happiness during my undergraduate career as I have been provided the chance to not simply learn, but grow as well.
Grow? Grow in height? Grow a beard? By grow, I speak of personal philosophy. In defining one’s self, a college experience changes from learning content to learning how to think differently. I have been blessed to have that chance to participate in this type of introspection. This is one of the greatest strengths of Boston University’s School of Education. I am not advocating that all students major in philosophy and classical studies¬– I have only taken one philosophy course and that course was not one of the experiences of growth that I have been speaking of. What I am attempting to articulate is the need for courses to be elevated from a classroom of learning facts to a classroom of growing in identity, thought, and metacognition. For a cost of nearly $60,000, should not our courses be of the most value to us? So far I have found courses that force me to learn facts and regurgitate them onto exams as lacking in value compared to the courses that forced me to contemplate who I am, how I would address an issue, why I want to teach. Many of my courses through SED have pushed me to consider philosophies and create my own in order to be the best educator I can be. I believe that all schools at BU should drive students to take part in such a process. Aren’t we worth it?
*Griffin Monahan is a sophomore at Boston University School of Education studying social studies education.