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Don't idealize U.S. universities

Takamitsu Sawa’s Feb. 17 opinion piece “Strong liberal arts education is key to success in Society 5.0” presents an idealized view of American higher education.

The heavy dose of “Western classics,” “reading many books,” and “debates in the classroom” that he envisions might be true at the Harvard he references, and at other elite Ivy League-style universities, but down the academic food chain we have students who are fed on “textbooks and reference books,” just like their Japanese counterparts.

If we can get them to read at all.

JON R. WENDT
CENTURY COLLEGE ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

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