14.7.03

CURIOUS CORE CURRICULUM. The SCSU Scholars have an extensively-researched post on this year's required pre-enrollment reading at the University of North Carolina. After last year's excursion into Koranic studies, this year the University requires Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickeled and Dimed (It's no Keep The Aspidistra Flying but you can read reviews or comparison shop.) My colleagues to the North were particularly disappointed with the discussion questions. Quite so. How informed are entering freshmen going to be about Law or Political Science or Education? For that matter, where is economics on that list, and is it a scandal that economics students might not learn about induced innovation until graduate school? The Scholars are correct about the supplemental readings being somewhat skimpy. John Derbyshire's observations ought to be good for an argument or three.

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