Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma posted a link in subinterest 'Education'

Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research (PCUR)

This week, I was having a standard lunchtime conversation with friends about our classes. The conversation veered to next fall's course offerings, which will include the three legendary classes Practical Ethics, Constitutional Interpretation, and Politics of Modern Islam. Having recently read reviews of Constitutional Interpretation, I joked that it might be unwise to take all three simultaneously.

At Princeton, I'm a member of the Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research, for which I write a post every week. Last week, I wrote about the academic biases on our campus, and what we can do to combat them. Here's an excerpt:

"This week, I was having a standard lunchtime conversation with friends about our classes. The conversation veered to next fall’s course offerings, which will include the three legendary classes Practical Ethics, Constitutional Interpretation, and Politics of Modern Islam. Having recently read reviews of Constitutional Interpretation, I joked that it might be unwise to take all three simultaneously.

“This might be a very B.S.E thing to say,” one friend said, “but I don’t understand how humanities classes can be hard.”

As a philosophy major, I felt shocked, and then defensive. How could an entire set of disciplines be “easy,” unless a student is uninformed or pursuing it incorrectly? I felt like retorting that most of the engineers in my humanities classes did not read what was assigned, wrote papers the night before they were due, and failed to be productive precept participants. I bit my tongue. My thoughts were equally unproductive generalizations."

Do you see these at your college/school as well?

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Please post the complete article or a link to it. I'd love to read your views!

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Embarrassed to say that I grew up with this generalization. Science and math are tough and for smart kids while arts/ humanities are easy and for the lazy ;)

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