Discussion on ‘What It Means to Be Educated’ postponed to Feb. 15

The Western Carolina University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on the topic “What It Means to Be Educated” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the Laurel Forum Room in Karpen Hall at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

The event was orginally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1, but was postponed to Monday, Feb. 8, because of inclement weather. Because of logistical issues, the event has now been postponed to Feb. 15.

The discussion is open to the public. Roundtable participants will include local principals, teachers, parents and students. A question-and-answer session will follow the hour long presentation.

“The question of what it means to be educated is particularly pertinent because public opinion has become completely focused on improving test scores,” said J. Casey Hurley, WCU professor of educational leadership and foundations. “A better question might be, ‘Will this educational drive set the path for an educated citizenry?”

Roundtable discussants will talk about Hurley’s recent book “The Six Virtues of the Educated Person,” John Goolad’s “ What Schools Are For,” and other works about what it means to be an educated person.

Phi Delta Kappa is the international honor society for education professionals.

For more information about the roundtable discussion, contact Hurley at 828-227-3321.