An artist has mapped the Internet, literally. According to this amazingly detailed feat of imaginative cartography, posted on the social network deviantART, you could navigate the “Ocean of Information” only to find yourself adrift on the northern island of Wikipedia (it looks a little like Greenland).
Each landmass takes on the name of a popular English-language website or web service and is kinda sorta scaled to its popularity.
The American bachelor’s degree has over the last 150 years become centered on specializations, majors, each student’s home department. General Education, the classes each student must take outside of the major, is still part of every degree—but it has become weaker and unfocused, disrespected and eroded. The degree has not gotten tougher as the world has gotten tougher. Instead, legislators and administrators have simplified the degree into lists of outcomes, efficiency initiatives, graduation targets, and courses that can double count for more than one requirement.
It is past time we re-examine, strengthen, and add to the bachelor’s degree. General Education could and should do so much more than it does.
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