Education: Powerful Pitch for the Humanities

A scholarly panel calls for a return of culture to the curriculum

The purpose of a college education was once to enlarge and illuminate one's life," declared William J. Bennett, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, last week. But according to a toughly worded N.E.H. document just released over Bennett's signature, that high purpose is all but abandoned. The study, titled To Reclaim a Legacy: A Report on the Humanities in Higher Education, offers persuasive evidence that the humanities "have lost their central place in the undergraduate curriculum." At too many campuses,...

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