Cognitive sciences teacher Tjeerd Andringa discusses the question of whether or not you should get accreditation. Accreditation means that you demonstrably comply with the EU rules for (higher) education. This means that you work with learning outcomes: predetermined uniform requirements that pupils and students must meet: therefore hoops they have to jump through.
Of course, students have to demonstrate that they have mastered something, but they also have to learn to think independently and make their own choices about what they do and do not want to do: learn to set their own goals and realize them? Exactly this point led to his cancellation at the University of Groningen.
Earlier this year, Tjeerd Andringa founded the School of Understanding, where students are taught how to think independently. According to Tjeerd, the goal of a new university should be to educate independent thinkers: young people with broad, well-founded opinions who do not always agree with the teachers. And from which you might learn something.
In this interactive lecture, Michaéla Schippers talks in a personal capacity about the importance of scientific freedom, truly independent (scientific) institutes and about the importance of dreaming and writing about the ideal future: “letters to the future”.
In the workshop, participants are challenged to use concrete questions to think about what such an 'ideal university' would look like and participants think about what they could possibly contribute to its realization. With the help of the “Schippers' future triptych” we will think about a concrete first step. People who prefer to think about other forms of education (primary/higher education) or even about the ideal world can also do this. Participants are invited to write their own Letter to the Future. During the lecture a short exercise will be done to stimulate this (Tip: Bring a pen and paper).
Molecular biologist Peter Borger explains how the theory of evolution came about before the DNA molecule was discovered. With today's knowledge, the theory of evolution must be revised. In this conversation we go back to the origins (the title of Borger's book), but also back to the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. What does modern biology teach us about the origins of life on Earth?
We are guests in the prehistoric museum in Boxtel, where Borger talks about his lifelong study of the functioning of DNA, and about what recent discoveries mean for the theory of evolution and the history of life as we still learn it in schools.
Prehistoric Museum: www.oertijdmuseum.nl/
Peter Borger lecture 2022: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHnGkP_GEDI