Should universities teach students to 'find themselves'?
Are college students at the breaking point? Kathleen deLaski, the president of the deLaski Family Foundation and the founder of Education Design Lab and EdFuel, asks that question. DeLaski, who served on the George Mason University Board of Visitors from 2005 through 2013, writes about her father’s search for meaning and how those themes have been surprisingly resonant on a large university campus.
October 20, 2015, Kathleen deLaski, President of the deLaski Family Foundation
My father spent his life openly searching for meaning. He served as deacon of our Presbyterian Church, followed an Indian guru through the ’80s and ’90s, and channeled with seers to get in touch with his past lives. The bookshelves of my childhood held the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Edgar Cayce’s prophecies.
It was not your average household.
When Dad told me he wanted to give George Mason University $10 million to establish a center to spread the study and practice of “finding yourself,” it’s safe to say I was a little concerned.