Education: Pulling Back from Permissiveness

Harvard begins debate on fundamental curriculum reform

Outside, rain spattered the windows of University Hall, the highceilinged, portrait-lined administrative heart of Harvard. Inside, there was not a vacant chair in the hall's steamy conference room as some 200 members of the faculty of arts and sciences convened for a highly charged debate. The topic: a complete overhaul of the undergraduate general education curriculum, which for the past 30 years has served as a model for higher education.

At issue is Harvard's revered tradition of welcoming graduating seniors into "the company of educated men and...

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