The Noble Savage is dead, or dying! Humongous changes have occurred in the last two decades the world over, yet the course curricula on humanities in most universities haven’t changed sufficiently enough; when carried out, they don’t seem to have been thought-out.
Consequently, they seem to be rapidly losing their relevance in course curricula and in the minds and hearts of parents and children. Indeed, the humanistic aspects of humanities, art and social sciences — the imaginative, creative dimensions not bound by crazy objectives of consumerism and possessive individualism – are getting buried and left asunder in our pursuit of short-term profit-making.
The Harvard Professor-philosopher Michael Sandel’s course, Justice, which for a decade and a half has been a success with more than a thousand students joining the course and with his lectures placed online as open source, and turned into an eponymous bestselling book, comes to mind.