ListVerse.com takes a look at the top ten most bizarre college courses. What a fascinating list!
- The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie at Occidental College
- Stupidity at Occidental College
- The Joy of Garbage at Santa Clara University
- Zombies at University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
- The Phallus at Occidental College
To learn more about these courses (for instance, the assigned readings) and to see the rest of the list, see the rest of the article!
What Do We Think?
Silliness aside, these course offerings illustrate a value that is central to the American educational system; US universities and colleges teach students to how to learn and analyze. Many of these skills can be acquired regardless of the content of the course… for instance, in The Joy of Garbage, professor Virginia Matzek teaches students to “do research and learn to work with data.” Students must analyze the difference between garbage, discard and waste. While the content for the course is garbage, the skills are priceless!
Compare this approach to systems which focus on memorization; an educational system that values information retention would never offer a class on garbage, zombies or the phallus, as the specific information learned would be relatively useless (except probably as dinner-table conversation starters… well maybe not even that!)