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The Winter Break of Our Discontent
Carol Folt’s endless six-week Xmas break has now begun, a destructive exercise that serves to further compress each of the College’s already-short four quarters, and supposedly reduces some heating bills, while letting more students go home for Thanksgiving. Are those our highest priorities?
While we might think of the foreign students who are marooned in Hanover for a month and a half, or have our hearts go out to Town merchants whose sales drop during the extended hiatus, the folks who really suffer from the lengthy break are the College’s students. Are nine-and-a-half-week quarters long enough for good learning?
Think in terms of opportunity cost: what if we ended the fall term in mid-December, and then spread the extra three weeks throughout the academic year by adding a five-day reading period at the end of each term? Would the quality of a Dartmouth education improve enough to justify extra spending on energy and food, and a greater commitment by the faculty. For example, professors would have time for extra office hours — where Dartmouth really distinguishes itself from its peers, and where a great deal of learning occurs — and even assign an additional paper on occasion. The College would be better for this change.
Surely a lover of rigor like Phil Hanlon (though I must say that we have not heard that word in many a moon) would want to sign on to an idea like this. Were he sincere, of course.
Addendum: The College is desperate to save money in all possible areas — except, of course, where the bloated staff is concerned. Having short, rushed academic terms and thousands of bureaucrats — why not? Let’s cut bone to save fat.
Addendum: There are one hundred football players who would really like to avoid having finals while they are preparing for the last game of the season.
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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