Letter to the Editor: The Daily Iowan
"Well, bully for you, Mr. Sanchez ("What general-ed courses give you," Oct. 24). I suppose that every student you've ever met has the drive and interest to learn about history, languages, and literature - and therefore has no need to have these subjects encouraged. Let me enlighten you, please.I have the sinking suspicion that you've never actually sat in on one of these undergrad gen-eds that you seem so against. You've never heard the honest question about the current king of France or the people in rhetoric who've never bothered to read anything above high-school level and don't know what those polysyllabic words mean.You stand there preaching about how taking classes in subjects that don't matter to the major in which you're enrolled is unnecessary. But you don't seem to take into account that by, for example, learning another language, you are in fact learning more about your own, that by studying the structure of musical compositions, you are learning how to identify patterns in abstract situations, and that by reading books above your comfort level, you are expanding your vocabulary and becoming more aware of the ways in which you can express yourself in written and spoken language.Now it's entirely possible that I'm just a raving liberal artist and that you're safe in ignoring me. But it's possible that I'm in the right and that by making people study things that they might ignore otherwise, the university is producing citizens who can function on a competitive level in this multicultural, multifaceted world of ours."
Claire Knudsen-LattaUI student
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