Core Education

What Every Student Should Know – NYT
This article covers the ever-changing scene of what “general education” should be. This is paramount to liberal arts schools that want to educate beyond a very narrow field of study. While the article mostly outlines Harvard’s plight, it drops in a few examples of what other schools have done. Middlebury College, where I’ll be headed shortly, has gone the opposite route of the core cirriculum (e.g. Columbia). I must take a first-year seminar focused intensively on writing but the actual course topic is varied both within my class and between years. The idea is that all the students should learn how to write but they have the choice on what to write about. From the liberal arts perspective, I must fulfill a large distribution requirement in seven of eight categories. I must also fulfill courses in four “cultures and civilizations” categories.