What is the UMN College in the Schools program excluding?

Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein writes in the Star Tribune why the University of Minnesota is wrong to largely exclude classics from its “College in the Schools” program:

The point here is not to censure the course for its contemporary, multiculturalist focus. Prof. McNaron and CIS have, in fact, developed machinery to ensure college-level teacher and student performance. We needn’t judge the works on the reading list, either. Instead, what matters is the active exclusion of the great tradition from Chaucer to Austen to Joyce — from the Puritans to Frederick Douglass to Edith Wharton. If a school chooses to teach pre-1950s English and American literature, students can’t earn college credit. In effect, the university tells schools, “If you study Melville, Emily Bronte and Du Bois, not Boa Ninh, Cormac McCarthy and Julie Otsuka, you can’t participate.”

You can read the full commentary here.

  • windotoucher

    Well, I clicked on the list approved by U of MN for the CIS program and am so excited at all that students are being encouraged to read! I wouldn’t vote to keep Charlotte Bronte or Shakespeare. After dragging myself along with my class through Shakespeare and the footnotes, lo those 60 years ago, I discovered hisplays were delightful and understandable from the perspective of being in the audience! An up-to-date reading list makes sense to me and the one provided includes great ideas on current social change.