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Season 2012 Episode 04.25.12

Core Curriculum Reaches Beyond Columbia to Local GED Students

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Columbia College’s Core Curriculum is widely renowned for its use of classic texts to challenge undergraduates into developing critical thinking skills that will enrich their lives. But College students aren’t the only ones benefitting from the academic rigors of the liberal arts and humanities. For example, the summer Double Discovery program has provided a short version of the Core to local high school students. Now, through Columbia’s Community Impact, a group of adult students working toward their high school graduate equivalency diplomas (GEDs) also has the opportunity to experience the Core first-hand. Community Impact, a 30-year-old campus organization which matches university students and faculty volunteers with dozens of local groups in Upper Manhattan, provides education, job training, food, shelter, clothing, and health information to more than 8,000 people each year. “This is an opportunity to bring this transformative pedagogy to adult GED students,” said Roosevelt Montás, director of the Center for the Core Curriculum, “and to talk about some very complex ideas and texts.” more:moreless

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