I thought that the topics covered in this class were amazing. I wish that it was a legitimate class that other students could take because i think it would get a lot of attention. I also think that it is a course that would help get students to think about everything with a new mindset. The biggest part of the class was learning how to discuss a top from different perspectives and backgrounds. If a pediatrician and a fashion designer read the same book and proceeded to have a conversation about it they would both bring insight from their respective areas. In turn, the pediatrician thinks about the book and how it impacts the fashion world while the fashion designer thinks about the book and its impact on children. Both become better rounded and more cultured on the topic. Yes the example was a bit broad and extreme but you get the point.
It is incredibly important to learn in an interdisciplinary manner. I interned with an educational non-profit that was working towards a new program in a couple of school systems in which all of the teaching and learning was done/happened interdisciplinary. For example, the book you are reading in english would be about the war that you are learning about in history while in math you are calculating how to build a life-size cannon (like the ones used in the war) and then in science you are studying how tear gas (the evolution of warfare) is created. This kind of learning makes everything click and be so much more understood by all students. It also allows for the school to cultivate a greater community as the teachers have to coordinate their classes and lessons with one another.
It was really interesting to learn about how much cross over the worlds of fashion and health have. When I look at a piece of clothing the first thought that goes through my mind is either, “oh that's cute” or “no” but definitely not “I wonder how many animals died for this and how many mothers ingested toxins to make this cute faux leather jacket for me?!” I want to be a more conscious buyer and work on making my fashion choices and my clothes sustainable.
I left this course feeling like it was okay to major in a humanity and that I still had the chance to do or become something great. “The humanities will save humanity.” -Me