All in Editorial

General Education Requirements Fall Short in More Ways

In continuing our recent coverage of the new General Education proposal that will dictate all-college requirements, we write on shortfalls in the requirements for language study.  The Board agrees that learning a foreign language is important for global citizenship, but feels the proposal fails to make the case that foreign language “provides insight into cultural differences” and “provides an alternative means of perceiving the world.”

General Education Revisions Still Require Review

Faculty have put up for vote The General Education Curriculum Proposal, which outlines changes to graduation requirements, on April 7. Despite various strengths, some well-intended sections are worded in such a way that may cause ineffective implementation. The Board recommends that the proposal undergo a clarifying revision, and be considered for approval in May.

CDC Conundrums

A number of improvements have been made over the last few years as the center has rolled out its “What’s NEXT” program, which is designed to engage students throughout all 4 years at Skidmore.  These changes may seem significant, but they have not necessarily translated into job opportunities for students on a larger scale.

Media Underplayed Trump Support; We Helped

The Times did not fully cover Trump’s supporters because of a broader trend in the media to shift towards profit margins and away from providing universal service.  The Times' actions line up with a recent pattern in media in which providers look for new readers, but only from the same group or types of people who already subscribe to them.

At this point, most of us have been on Facebook for longer than we can remember. Facebook’s popularity feeds off of curiosity, giving users the ability to learn by observation, but from a distance. What may have started as a curious experiment has become a conflicting realm where the real and virtual worlds bleed into one another. And while social media provides users with a convenient way to keep track of memories and stay in touch with friends, sites like Facebook and Instagram often distort perceptions of reality.

With the primary election season in full swing, college campuses have not been immune to the heightened popularity—and polarization—of political discourse. Many Skidmore students began perking up to politics last semester, and have continued to follow the candidates. Although it should be appreciated that students are discussing politics at all, there are ways in which these discussions are unhealthy. 

The Learning Curve

Many students ponder whether they should attend graduate school or pursue a job. However, has the role of college transformed to push us towards post-graduation pursuits rather than appreciate the expansion of our knowledge during our time at school?

 When asked what the biggest adjustment for students coming to college is, most will tell you it’s freedom. This freedom translates to the ability to concentrate their studies in a particular field they find most interesting. The nature of a liberal arts college is to encourage students to explore various topics such as the natural sciences, humanities, and arts—regardless of a student’s major—to ensure they receive a well-rounded education. Enrolling at Skidmore is like clicking “accept terms and agreements” to this goal.