How to reinvent higher education.

Examining higher ed.
Nov. 17 2005 6:46 AM

Reform School, Contd.

How to reinvent higher education.

Click here  to read more from Slate's "College Week."

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"

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