and again

Well, it’s looking like the only think I like to do more than post video clips of the daily show is bring up old conversations that never happened in hopes of making them happen.

WHY THE HELL DOESN’T ANYBODY CARE ABOUT THE CURRICULAR REVIEW?

That’s the question I’m asking. People say they care, but they don’t know anything about it, and aren’t interested in having input in any meaningful way. Deans come to talk in houses and almost no one shows up. Outside of people I know at the Crimson or on the UC, no one even knows what’s going on. And no, it’s not a lack of information, the Crimson has actually done a pretty good job on this one. So what’s up people? That’s what this commenter wanted to know, that’s what I want to know.

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4 responses to “and again

  1. One problem is that nothing that is done by students who are here now will actually affect them. I’m not saying this is a good reason not to care or get involved, but I think a lot of people don’t want to put the time and effort into changing something when they won’t benefit from it at all. I certainly have strong opinions about the Core, and I feel frustrated in many ways by my own academic experiences here, but I know that any changes that are eventually implemented will be far too late to help me. I spend my time doing other things because I feel like I can get more out of them (they are more fun, or I feel like I am making a more immediate difference). I also have the impression (which could be completely wrong), that as much as students voice their opinions, the administration is really dragging its feet on the curricular review, and things are moving painfully slowly. People want to do things where they can see an immediate benefit from their actions, and the curricular review isn’t one of those things. Also, the administration has a lot of inertia and a huge resistance to change, and sometimes I feel (again, possibly incorrectly) that as much as they ask for student input, they aren’t actually listening. I know people on the UC who have been extremely frustrated with the administration’s lack of initiative on the Curricular Review, and I don’t think I would be very tolerant of trying to make a difference when the administration isn’t fully committed to making the changes. Again, I’m not proud of myself for not getting more involved, and I wish in some ways that I had done more. It’s actually pretty selfish and short-sighted of me to not be more active in something that is important to me just because I won’t benefit from the changes. I certainly wish that earlier classes had done more, so that some of the things I have big problems with might have been addressed already. But I’m not really surprised at the lack of interest in general, and it doesn’t seem like a big mystery to me. A lot of people are looking to maximize the benefit to themselves (not to the school/community/future students) in choosing what activities they get involved in during their limited time at Harvard.

  2. i dont know anything about this all but was just wondering how do you rate tony blair’s chances to remain as PM by the end of this year!?

    mammal

  3. I think anonymous 1 illustrates a common view. Current students just don’t feel that they have a stake in the Curricular Review discussion. This all involves intense philosophical discussion about what it means to get a college education. While this is a tempting discussion for some, it is understandably intimidating for a great deal of people who feel that they have better or more important things to do with their time. Even as a UC Rep, among a self-selecting group that ostensibly is interested in these issues, I at times find it difficult to engage myself deeply in this discussion.

  4. no one cares about the curricular review because we’ll all be in hell before it’s completed.

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