Fourth Goldberg Lecture on Excellence in Teaching with Norman Augustine

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The purpose of the Goldberg Lecture Series is to provide a forum that advances discussion of the importance of effective teaching to the health and vigor of Ohio's system of higher education. Norman R. Augustine will be discussing K-12 education, the role of the study of history in his life, and some lessons he learned about teaching while at Princeton. Augustine is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and a former undersecretary of the Army. He has long been a proponent for the place of science and engineering on the nation's list of priorities. As Chair of the Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century, he spearheaded the publication of Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. Mr. Augustine recently argued on behalf of history education as a vital national priority. In September 2011, he wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that stated: "...it's not primarily the memorized facts that have current and former CEOs like me concerned. It's the other things that subjects like history impart: critical thinking, research skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and cogently. Such skills are certainly important for those at the top, but in today's economy they are fundamental to performance at nearly every level. A failing grade in history suggests that students are not only failing to comprehend our nation's story and that of our world, but also failing to develop skills that are crucial to employment across sectors...Far more than simply conveying the story of a country or civilization, an education in history can create critical thinkers who can digest, analyze and synthesize information and articulate their findings. These are skills needed across a broad range of subjects and disciplines."

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