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Groundhog Day Curriculum
Campus Report ^ | February 1, 2008 | Malcolm Kline

Posted on 02/01/2008 10:41:51 AM PST by bs9021

Groundhog Day Curriculum

by: Malcolm A. Kline, February 01, 2008

Somewhat like the character Bill Murray plays in the film Groundhog Day, college administrators rarely achieve real reform in resolving the crises in higher education because they keep on doing the same thing over and over again.

“In class, many students are ready to talk, but they want to talk about themselves or about large-scale public themes, independent of the books they are supposedly reading,” Robert Newman, Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah notes in a U-Utah publication from last year. “They are happy to denounce imperialism and colonialism rather than read Heart of Darkness, Kim, and A Passage to India in which imperialism and colonialism are held up to complex judgment.”

“They are voluble in giving you their opinions on race and its injustices, but tongue-tied when it is a question of submitting to the languages of The Sound of Fury, Things Fall Apart, and A Bend in the River.” Unfortunately, Conrad, Kipling, E. M. Forster and even V. S. Naipul are not much in evidence in the University’s catalogue.

Instead, the University boasts of an Environmental Humanities Graduate Program, a Gender Studies Program, a Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy and a Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

“Eighty-four percent of professors surveyed last year felt their students were unprepared academically,” Newman observes. “Only six percent thought students were well prepared in writing and only four percent in basic math skills.”

President Bush’s Secretary of Education makes similar complaints. As you might guess, Newman suggests different remedies.

“Now, if I were the Secretary of Education, I would decree that every 25 years administrative structures and boundaries in our universities should be eliminated and faculty members be presented with descriptors of disciplines...

(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: curriculum; imperialism; literature; marxism

1 posted on 02/01/2008 10:41:52 AM PST by bs9021
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To: bs9021

again?


2 posted on 02/01/2008 10:44:06 AM PST by NonValueAdded (What Would Hobson Choose?)
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To: bs9021
This far south (Florida) Groundhog Day has lost its meaning.

Actually, in the South, groundhog = sausage.

3 posted on 02/01/2008 10:59:07 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: bs9021
“They are voluble in giving you their opinions on race and its injustices, but tongue-tied when it is a question of submitting to the languages of The Sound of Fury, Things Fall Apart, and A Bend in the River.”

I've read Things Fall Apart and A Bend in the River and they are both very good books about modern Africa, but what is The Sound of Fury? I've never heard of it.

4 posted on 02/01/2008 12:59:29 PM PST by TheMole
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