Wednesday, November 29, 2023


High School and College Courses, or Good News and Bad News

Robin McCoy, Preface to Georg Autenrieth, A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges. Translated by Robert P. Keep. Revised by Isaac Flagg (1958; rpt. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1961):
While A Homeric Dictionary needs no dedication at this late date, I should like to think that this particular edition of it might be dedicated to the earnest young students of Greek at Thomas Jefferson School, St. Louis, of this year and years past, whose unflagging interest in Homer has been one of the rewarding experiences of my career as a teacher.
It came as a surprise for me to see that Homeric Greek is still offered at Thomas Jefferson School.

Hannah Dailey, "Taylor Swift Is In Her College Era: Harvard, University of Florida Add Courses Dedicated to Pop Star," Billboard (November 28, 2023):
More college courses dedicated to Taylor Swift have been added to the academic canon for 2024, including a class at one of the most famous universities in the world: Harvard.


Harvard and University of Florida are just two of the latest schools to offer Swiftian studies, following in the footsteps of institutions such as University of Texas, Arizona State University, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. The fast-growing trend in Taylor-themed classes stems from New York University’s groundbreaking Swift course taught by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos, which was launched early last year.
If I were a college student, I would be ashamed for such a course to appear on my college transcript.

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