October 19, 2005
American Academies, Cont'd
Mark Oppenheimer must be praised for the following: He makes some of the typical, Allan Bloom-style complaints — colleges put too much of an emphasis on diversity and sports and not enough on the Classics — but has an argument I have not seen before, which is that students should have fewer pursuits but take the few they have more seriously.
At first I thought I agreed with that — it sounds like Howard Gardner’s notion that you get to complex thinking through depth, not breadth — but then I found out this guy literally thinks students should spend four years studying one specific thing. Like “Act 4, Scene 1 of ‘Troilus and Cressida’” specific. So, not so much.
P.S. This is one of those situations where I liked the commentary but couldn’t wade through the source. Blogs are handy like that.