Top scholars in education, philosophy and psychology will gather at Loyola Marymount University for the first-of-its-kind conference on the importance of teaching intellectual character and intellectual virtues in schools on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22.
Intellectual virtues include curiosity, open-mindedness, attentiveness, creativity, intellectual humility and intellectual perseverance, say event organizers.
The conference will explore these traits, why they are important to education, and what it looks like in the classroom when educators encourage students to apply the traits.
“It’s the first event of its kind and it has attracted internationally renowned figures in education, philosophy and psychology,” said Jason Baehr, a philosophy professor at LMU’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts who organized the conference.
“I think there’s a general sense that the present focus on high-stakes, standardized testing, and the ‘teaching to the test’ that inevitably ensues, has led to a depersonalization of the learning process,” Baehr added. “I hope the conference will jump-start an even broader national conversation about intellectual virtues and education.”
The conference is part of the Intellectual Virtues Education Project that was launched by Baehr last year with a $1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
The conference is open to the public and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registration is $25 and includes two lunches, a dinner and a reception.