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Hollow Out the Core
The Arts and Sciences lords at Harvard have finally, after agonizing debate, approved a replacement for Harvard’s “Core”—the set of distributional requirements all undergradates must fulfill. Harvard had, at least, the right idea when it started down the path: make a Harvard education more relevant to the real world. Central to the initial proposal was to require at least one course about the United States and one course about religion.
In the end, the religion requirement was lifted but the American requirement remained. The final set of categories is: €œAesthetic and Interpretive Understanding, € €œCulture and Belief, € €œEmpirical and Mathematical Reasoning, € €œEthical Reasoning, € €œScience of Living Systems, € €œScience of the Physical Universe, € €œSocieties of the World, € and €œthe United States and the World. €
Besides the first category—which calls to mind the saying about fish and bicycles—they seem somewhat reasonable, if perilously vague. Of course, there remains an intense aversion to any sort of Great Books program, despite the fact that Columbia and U. Chicago have both required classes on the great literary lights for many years, to great effect.
The new Harvard “general education requirements” were approved by a vote of 168-14, but it seems that not everyone was especially pleased with the Party’s decision:
Former Dean of the Faculty William C. Kirby, who initiated the curricular review in 2002, encouraged professors to end the discussion. €œEverything that can be said has been said, although not everyone has said it. € Kirby, an East Asia scholar, cited a 1924 vote of the Chinese Communist Party: €œThe motion was passed unanimously although many comrades were opposed. €
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…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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