MLK on the Purpose of Education

The Advisement Services Center will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

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The Purpose Of Education

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
Morehouse College Student Paper, The Maroon Tiger, in 1947

As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.

It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!

Taken from http://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/thepurposeofeducation.htm.


What is Your Life’s Blueprint?

The New Global Distinction Program

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Global Distinction Demos:
Follow your Major towards Global Competence

Undergraduate students, pursuing any Major, come learn how you can make the most of your University at Albany degree, graduate globally competent and on time! Let us guide you through your unique combination of

  1. Interdisciplinary globally focused coursework,
  2. 2 years of foreign language study, and
  3. International immersion (a study abroad semester and an 8-10 week internship or research placement abroad), so that you enter today’s dynamic multicultural workplaces with Global Distinction.

Be Here Now!

Tuesday, 12/5
2:30-3:30pm
The Bean (Campus Center Expansion, downstairs)

Wednesday, 12/6
12:30-1:30pm
Board Room (Campus Center Expansion, upstairs)
Thursday, 12/7
10:30-11:30am
The Bean (Campus Center Expansion, downstairs)
CLICK HERE to learn more!

Click here to check out the Global Distinction Flyer.

Welcome #UAlbany Danes – Fall 2017

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Welcome New and Continuing Danes!

We begin this last week of orientation season with a solar eclipse! How fitting that this wonder is taking place during the week that you are about to embark on, or continue on, a path that will alter your lives, and likely the lives of many others. In you, lies great hope and wonder. We, in the Advisement Services Center, are here to help you form your goals and to help you to reach them. We are here to push you, should you begin to lose momentum, to encourage you, when you think that you cannot go on, and to cheer for you when you have successes.  Comments are encouraged and appreciated.

Click on the picture above to go to NASA’s Total Eclipse site.

Are you ready? Here we go!


Here are some announcements about making appointments with an advisor in our office:

 

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This Week:
Our last round of Summer Orientations takes place this week and we are looking forward to meeting with our New Danes.  If you have a question for your academic advisor, please e-mail them. They will be wrapped up in orientation and may not be able to meet with you in-person, until the first week of classes.

The First Week of Classes through September 5:
During the first week of classes  through Tuesday September 5, every advisor in the Advisement Services Center meets with students on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be open M-F, 8:30 am – 5 pm.  If you need assistance just come in! If your advisor is in our office, make sure to select “Walk-in for My Advisor” at the kiosk, and you will be put on the list to see your advisor. ​ If you have a general question and/or your advisor in not in our office, you select “Meet with ANY advisor” at the kiosk. Our Peer Advisors will also be available to assist you.  Continue reading “Welcome #UAlbany Danes – Fall 2017”

Do You Want to be a Global Leader?

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience
Applications Due May 31st!

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What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and SUNY’s SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership for the Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience in New York City, July 10-13, 2017.

Develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world. Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments, and society today. A Global Leader Experience (GLE) gives you real and practical experiences, instills in you a global perspective, and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

What happens?

The Challenge for 2017/2018 is “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” As a participant, you will explore this major world Challenge from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations to help you and your fellow participants understand the Challenge in order to create innovative solutions. Best of all, you won’t be alone; you will build your connections and make new friends – and the solutions and knowledge you all build will be passed to participants on other GLEs around the world. Common Purpose runs GLEs in cities around the world, where large numbers of the world’s talent convene to study, so you will meet fellow students from across the globe amongst this diverse group of participants.

Please visit http://www.albany.edu/involvement/commonpurpose.shtml for more details and to apply before the May 31st deadline.

Florida Coastal School of Law at UAlbany

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This Wednesday, we will have a representative from Florida Coastal School of Law, Meghan Schade, on hand to speak to our students.

Wednesday 2pm-4pm:
Walk-in meetings in the Advisement Services Center

  • Discuss the law school application process
  • Meghan Schade will also be reviewing resumes

Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm in BB209

  • Workshop on Writing Personal Statements.

Why Can’t I Get into a Class that is Open?

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During the next few weeks, we are going to address some frequently asked registration questions. If you have a general registration question and you think other UAlbany students would benefit from the answer, please leave it in the comments and we will address it in a post. Continue reading “Why Can’t I Get into a Class that is Open?”