Rotten to the Core?

by George Leef

Most colleges and universities have “general education” requirements that compel students to choose among an array of course offerings in various categories. (A tiny number of schools still have a core curriculum of courses that all students take.) The problem with general education at many colleges and universities is that the range of choice has become ridiculous, allowing students to complete their “general education” with a host of narrow, trendy, sometimes politicized courses that professors like teaching. In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Jane Shaw writes about a new study written by Jay Schalin and Jenna Robinson on the general-education requirements at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. Their finding is that the university has fallen into the “smorgasbord” approach and ought to substantially narrow the number of courses that satisfy “gen ed” requirements.