College Week

Reform School, Contd.

How to reinvent higher education.

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What should students be studying in college? No one seems to agree anymore. Harvard University is in the midst of a heated debate about its general education requirements, while the Association of American Colleges and Universities has launched a campaign to promote “a liberal education.” Slate has taken the occasion to ask an array of prominent academics to tackle the question at the heart of the debate: What should undergraduates leave college knowing? Stanley N. Katz provides an overview of the liberal arts debate here. And here are the links to the responses of the 11 academics:

Alan Wolfe: “When Ideas Kill

Mark Lilla: “Un-American Activities

K. Anthony Appiah: “Learn Statistics! Go Abroad

Andrew Delbanco: “In Praise of Great Books

Alison Gopnik:  “Let Them Solve Problems

Steven Pinker: “The Matrix, Revisited

Michael Bérubé: “Disabilities Studies

Anthony Grafton: “Wrestling with Greco-Roman Ideas

S. Georgia Nugent: “Morality-Based Learning

W. Robert Connor: “Give Majors an Overhaul

Astrida Orle Tantillo: “What Professors Don’t Tell You