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The Seriousness of the Teaching Problem
Reformers at Dartmouth—none more passionate than petition Trustee candidate Professor Stephen Smith—insist that Dartmouth rededicate itself to its great undergraduate tradition. Not to do so, they say, would be to allow a slow slipslide into the sort of impersonal research university Dartmouth was never meant to be. Larger classes, waitlists, famous professors who are terrible teachers, and more labor being taken up by graduate students.
A cabal of wealthy Dartmouth alumni—who collectively donate a lot of money, but not as much as the ‘broad middle,’ were it not largely alienated, would be able to donate—desire Dartmouth to compete directly with the likes of Harvard.
There are two points to observe about this. The first is that they are normatively wrong. Students and alumni do not want such a transformation, see the signs of it occuring, and reject it.
The other point is that Dartmouth, transformed, would simply not be able to compete with the Harvards of the world. Dartmouth’s attractiveness comes from the fact that it is a small College. It would lose most of its sheen were the transformists to have their way.
Further to all of this, please read this New York Times article about Harvard, headlined “Harvard Task Force Calls for New Focus on Teaching and Not Just Research.” And keep in mind that a powerful group of alumni and administrators want to move Dartmouth closer to the failed Harvard model—just because, like so much in the foolish academy, Harvard is doing it. The only thing stopping them? Your vote.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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