by Marina Molarsky-Beck
“Taken as a whole, education seeks to do two things: help young persons fulfill the unique, particular functions in life which it is in them to fulfill, and fit them so far as it can for those common spheres which, as citizens and heirs of a joint culture, they will share with others.”
— General Education in a Free Society: Report of the Harvard Committee, 1945"
Jim Lerman's insight:
Fascinating historical discourse on the meandering development of General Education, Core requirements, and Distribution requirements for early career undergraduates at Harvard College. This evolution at Harvard tends to be mirrored as many institutions of higher education across North America.