National Collegiate Honors Council



On Discourse

Date of this Version

Spring 2000


Published in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 1:1, Spring/Summer 2000. Copyright © 2000 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Exactly twenty years ago I bored this conference to desperation with an interminable disquisition on "Smaller Teaching." While I hope that essay helped open the way to larger learning, I must admit now that it was not only too long, but that it fell short of an important truth about the honors classroom. In the intervening two decades, experience in the peer review panels of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the academic advisory committees of the College Board has helped me understand more deeply this central site of honors education-and, I dare say, liberal learning. I hope to suggest that dimension to you today, albeit very briefly.