Universities should provide common core of knowledge: Op-ed


In an op-ed for Times Higher Ed, Harvey J Graff (The Ohio State University) argues that universities should teach a “genuinely common core of knowledge.” Graff reflects on his own experience attending university–including studies at the University of Toronto–in the 1960s, when general education requirements were common. This model allowed students to take a wider range of elective courses, resulting in a common core of knowledge and connect with individuals outside their primary discipline. Graff argues that universities should devote resources toward providing a foundational core of knowledge that includes interdisciplinary content so that students can better understand how their respective disciplines connect to modern issues.

Times Higher Ed