Eugene Wine


I read with interest Michael McBride's article on the exploratory year at Whittier College. While I am sure that Whittier is satisfied with it and that it contains a number of innovative ideas, such as the "initial module" in various disciplines, I want to speak to the three assumptions upon which Professor McBride and his colleagues rejected any common interdisciplinary general education course for Whittier. I do so because the assumptions are so widely held and because Professor McBride states them so succinctly. I also speak to them as an admitted partisan of a common transdisciplinary general education core course ("Learner's Viewpoint," Perspectives, v. 7, no. 2, Fall 1975).