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often happens when Harvard does something, a lot of other people do
something similar, and core curriculum has become quite the thing in
the university world today. But it doesn't mean that the student
doesn't have electives: there are plenty of electives. It just
means that there are certain things--he must have a minimal knowledge
of science and of history and of the world and I forget what else.
But I think there are twelve “musts” over a period of four years.
Bok was a big supporter of this?
Big supporter of it. And all of us, of course, were
supporters. But the main thing was to get the university to agree.
You know, if you're a professor of Celtic, and somebody begins saying
“core curriculum”, you know you're not going to be part of the core
curriculum. And if core curriculum becomes something important,
you're outside looking in. And core curriculum did become--finally,
he sold it. And when I mean “he sold it”, I mean a lot of professors
got very interested and wanted to teach core curriculum courses. And
that was a triumph. Because when the best professors said: “Here's
a course I would like to teach as part of the core curriculum”, then
the whole thing went through.
Okay. Let's stop here for today. End tape.
[end of tape].
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