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The NYT educational supplement today had an article about Harvard's possible curriculum change that I thought presented an excellent discussion of the Great Books vs general distribution vs open curriculum debate. It did a good job distinguishing between general distribution requirements and a core curriculum -- something people don't always quite get. And, it put the discussion within the interesting context of modern university politics.
My favorite quote about Columbia's core was the professor who said it was like the interstate highway system -- you can get agreement to maintain it but you'd never again be able to get enough agreement to build it.