In the past couple of weeks, the Daily Tar Heel has published explanatory articles and critical letters to the editor regarding the proposed general education curriculum changes. This board agreed that it was time to put our thoughts to paper on this update.
We believe there are many positive components. First, this proposal eliminates the ability of students to fulfill general education requirements with AP courses. While this does make it more difficult to double major or graduate early, it eliminates a classist, racist structure that enabled students with access to AP courses and exams in high school are able to complete their degrees at UNC faster than students without access to such courses.
Second, we applaud the introduction of MFIT, a course dedicated to mental wellbeing, in addition to the LFIT course. This is an improvement to the LFIT curriculum because, presumably, a person with credentials in mental health will teach the course, further equipping students with the resources to deal with their own mental health and the mental health of their friends. Lastly, it is probably good that varsity athletes are exempt from LFIT. Accidents happen — and it makes sense that LFIT should not mess up the carefully crafted training of varsity athletes or unnecessarily injure them, especially when their college careers often depend on athletic participation.
Now, to the negatives, which significantly outnumber the positives.
Most generally, this curriculum update will reduce the number of general education courses taken by each student. While this may be a welcomed addition for students, this board sees that as an affront to the University’s mission to produce well-rounded young people who will go out into the world and make it better.