Jaschik: If more classroom discussion in the humanities is no longer an innovation, what is?

May 7, 2019

A “New Curriculum” adopted by Brown University fifty years ago made the bold move of allowing undergraduate students to choose all of their courses with no distribution requirements, and lessons learned since the change might offer valuable insight into the future of the Humanities, writes Scott Jaschik. One of the groundbreaking findings of this earlier move was the open criticism of the lecture as the dominant form of teaching. This criticism was combined with an emphasis on more student discussion groups. Yet if more class discussion no longer counts as “innovation” in the humanities, notes Jaschik, the question turns to what does. Inside Higher Ed (International)