Centennial Scholar - David Perkins

Centennial Scholar - David Perkins

Park welcomes Dr. David Perkins, Senior professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who will present a public lecture – "Educating for the Unknown" – on October 23 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome. Free.


As educators, parents, and students, we all want learning that matters. We want learning that makes a deep difference in students’ lives. Of course much of what learners typically study from kindergarten to graduate school does matter to their lives. However, a lot of it doesn’t. It’s too piecemeal, too peripheral, too out of tune with our complex globalized, digitalized, and rapidly changing society. Whereas traditionally we educate for the known, today’s world also asks us to educate for the unknown, preparing learners with knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes for thriving in the 21st century. Here we envision the opportunities and challenges of educating not just for the known but the unknown.

Dr. David Perkins

For more than 25 years, Perkins was co-director with Howard Gardner of Project Zero, an educational research group whose mission is to understand and enhance learning and to promote critical and creative thinking in all disciplines. Perkins is the author most recently of Making Learning Whole: How 7 Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education. He will be on campus for a better part of the week.

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
At the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Theater at The Park School