Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong will give a free talk on Oct. 22 titled “Preserving Humanity: Defending the Liberal Arts in a Tech-Heavy World,” during a discussion emceed by District Attorney Dan Dow.
Armstrong will discuss a national shift in educational priorities from encouraging a well-rounded citizenry to a focus on career readiness as early as kindergarten, and the positive impacts that the humanities can have in college life and beyond.
An example of the national shift in education priority can be observed locally, with some San Luis Coastal Unified School District high school English classes “shifting from reading books in their entirety, to merely reading excerpts, with an emphasis on informational text over novels,” talk coordinators said.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. It will benefit the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy.
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For details or to reserve tickets, go to www.bit.ly/ preservinghumanity or call at 548-8700.