Tuesday, January 27, 2009

TDR Article: Two Roads Ever Diverge in the Wood

New TDR Article: Two Roads Ever Diverge in the Wood: The Necessity of a Liberal Arts Curriculum

Meeting together weekly to read Xenophon and pleased with our first teaching duties, the other professors and I thought nothing could be better for our students than to read some great books together.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prof. Jim Murphy in the Government Department is currently trying to do something similar with his Daniel Webster Project in Ancient and Modern Studies (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~websterprogram/index.php/introduction/).

Of course, he has received zero support from the hidebound Wright Administration (motto: "anyone with a new idea must hate us").

Black Dan agrees said...

Here’s a direct link to The Daniel Webster Project. After reading the introduction, take a look at the suggested core curriculum and authors (much broader than just dead white male stuff). Then ask… 1. will this produce a better-educated individual? Yes! And 2. why does it not get more administrative support?

Dartmouth needs to do more than cut budgets. It needs to set priorities and then make difficult cuts in enough depth to actually increase resources for more valuable initiatives, like this one.

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