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Hampshire College

Buildings, Blocks and Experience

Jonathan Lash | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Five years ago when -- deeply impressed by the college's students -- I agreed to become Hampshire's sixth president, my wife, Ellie, was bemused; she knew very well that her non-academic husband, even with a master's in education, would face a steep learning curve.

Carbon And Values: Change Begins On Campus

Jonathan Lash | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

The building's value to us is in what it teaches about possibility, and the questions it compels us to ask about what is right in how we impact our surroundings. Honestly, why are buildings today built any other way? What will compel the construction of more living buildings?

Results of Removing Standardized Test Scores From College Admissions

Jonathan Lash | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

You won't find our college in the U.S. News & Word Report "Best Colleges" rankings released this month. Last year Hampshire College decided not to accept SAT/ACT test scores from high school applicants seeking admission.

Healthy Food for All

Jonathan Lash | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

As climate change creates more difficult conditions for agriculture, poor farmers -- with least access to technology -- suffer first.

Teaching Math: Changing Education

Jonathan Lash | Posted 05.19.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

My last post looked at math as part of an inquiry-driven, interdisciplinary curriculum, with the focus on the individual learner's questions and needs. Let's turn now to some of the values and aspirations informing that approach -- inclusion, inspiration, empowerment, and positive change.

Teaching Math: What's the Learning For?

Jonathan Lash | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

If students spend their time in class doing something over and over, with an emphasis on memory and recall, can we blame them for wondering, "What am I doing this for?"

Lifelong Learners in a Rapidly Changing World

Jonathan Lash | Posted 06.15.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

The pace of change is accelerating, and it's estimated that 70 percent of them will end up in jobs not yet invented. They will collaborate with people on multiple continents, struggling to solve problems we don't yet recognize.

Partners in a Lifelong Endeavor

Jonathan Lash | Posted 06.13.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

A recent conversation with my wife, a career elementary school teacher, gave me a new way to think about lifelong learning.

Ideas Into Action

Jonathan Lash | Posted 04.12.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling.

The Healthy Food Transition

Jonathan Lash | Posted 02.16.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Include students in decision-making. Encourage them to question food production and supply systems, and to envision solutions. Challenge them -- and just as importantly, invite them to challenge you -- to think in new and forward-looking ways.

Educating for Change

Jonathan Lash | Posted 02.01.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Graduates who are trained to address tough situations with ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and a capacity for mobilizing collaborative thinking and cooperative action are the most valuable contribution any school can make to society.

Rigor in the Admissions Process

Jonathan Lash | Posted 01.19.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Without SAT/ACT scores, and recognizing that grades are not a true measure of learning, how does a selective college make admissions decisions?

Test-blind and Rigorous

Jonathan Lash | Posted 01.12.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Not all good students are good test takers, particularly under stress, and taking a test that can grant you entry or deny you access can certainly be stressful.

Do Grades Really Reflect Rigor?

Jonathan Lash | Posted 01.06.2015 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Just the opposite is true. Flip the question and consider the many ways grades fail the learning process. Grades tend to inhibit curiosity by encouraging students to do only what is required to earn an A.

Mission Is the Core Commitment

Jonathan Lash | Posted 12.02.2014 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Mission, rather than money, ought to be the basis for thoughtful decision-making as colleges recruit and enroll those students who will most benefit from studying within a school's particular academic model.

On A Magic Carpet Ride

Christi Guthrie | Posted 10.19.2014 | Home
Christi Guthrie

Morocco has given the world more than gorgeous textiles and treasures. It has gifted us with the likes of Yasmine El Baggari. A Moroccan native, Yasmi...

So You Want to Get Into the Film Industry? Great Ways to Get Started

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.01.2014 | Home
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Steve Reich

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.02.2014 | Home
Daniel Asia

When an advertisement was plastered on the wall of some abandoned building for the performance of the first part of a new piece, I decided to attend and ended up in a walk-up loft, where we all sat on the floor. Thus I ended up at the premiere of Music for Eighteen Musicians.

Nelson Mandela, A Moral Educator

Jonathan Lash | Posted 02.05.2014 | Home
Jonathan Lash

Nelson Mandela holds a special place in the collective memory at Hampshire College. In 1977 Hampshire divested from companies doing business in South Africa. Hampshire was the first college or university in the United States to do so, launching what became a national movement.

Q&A With Jonathan Lash: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.17.2013 | Home
Mark Tercek

"Hampshire's students inspired me. My generation is leaving a world in a precarious state. Their generation will have to address the problems of global warming, ecosystem destruction, loss of biodiversity and toxification we have created."

Central Park Five Is a PBS & WETA "Must Watch" Doc

Mike Smith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Home
Mike Smith

Ken Burns is a story-teller. His new documentary PBS film which debuted this week, The Central Park Five, is really a retrospective on the case of Trisha Meili, brutally raped near the Reservoir in the 875-acre Central Park, on April 20, 1989.

LOOK: Is This Better Than Dorm Living?

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 05.31.2013 | Home

One college student is "roughing it" in a tiny home, but we almost think it's better than our undergraduate digs.

Top 10 Hipster Colleges

Unigo | Posted 11.27.2012 | Home

Look no further -- you've found the definitive list for colleges with the most hipster culture in America!

Access to Higher Education as a Deep Principle

Jonathan Lash | Posted 11.05.2012 | Home
Jonathan Lash

They have attended U.S. schools and worked hard enough to gain entrance to elite colleges, yet are prohibited from receiving federal financial assistance of any kind, including work-study funds. As a result, they lose the chance for a college education. This is neither fair nor wise.

Conventional Or Not, Here Come The Shortfalls

Posted 04.27.2012 | Home

Jonathan Lash was inaugurated as president of Hampshire College in Massachusetts today. Former vice president Al Gore spoke at the ceremony, MassLive....