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Letter to the Editor

To the Editors:

Four times in the recent Crimson editorial about Expos, the authors talk about writing courses that "resemble" or "align well" with students' "interests." But eighteen-year-old freshmen often do not know what their "interests" are, or that they might change during their first year in college.

They might think their "interests" are in computer science or engineering, but a writing course founded on literature of war or free speech or art and authority or religious liberty or, in my own case (as a preceptor from 1999 to 2007), George Orwell, could awaken or at least alert them to a whole world outside.

Maybe restructuring the ancient course that all living Harvard students and most of the dead ones have taken is a good idea. But let's not claim that the reason for doing so should be to reflect the entering freshmen's "interests."

Eric Weinberger is a freelance writer living in Cambridge, and a former Expository Writing preceptor.

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