14 February 2013
Critique of “The Hollow Curriculum,” by Robert Sollod by Bill DeDual
Robert Sollod’s essay, “The Hollow Curriculum” addresses the controversy of curriculum reform in the higher educational settings. Dr. Sollod’s view is that religious and spiritual studies should be added to the curriculum at colleges and universities, in order to have a full, well rounded view of the subjects being taught. This is something I face in college now. I am trusting my educators to teach me all I need to know, but there is still something missing in some of my courses to give me that well rounded aspect of the teachings.
Dr. Sollod writes about learning about multicultural and personalities are great, but to have a deeper sense of those subjects a student needs to view the religious and spiritual parts of these subjects to get the full, well-rounded, knowledge. In America, psychologists have “no courses available to teach them how to deal with the religious values or concerns expressed by their clients” (Sollod 61). Dr. Sollod also talks about “religion is an important factor in the lives of many American’s. Some studies have suggested that a client’s religious identification may affect the psychotherapeutic relationship” (Sollod 61). This is not all, as Dr. Sollod also says, there are issues with political science as well. Our greatest political science minds cannot predict or understand the major social and political movements because they don’t understand what drives these people. Like in, “Islamic fundamentalism, the victory of Afghanistan over the Soviet Union, , the unanticipated velvet revolutions in Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, and the continuing conflicts in Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, and Yugoslavia- cannot be appreciated without a deep understanding of the religious views of those involved” (Sollod 62). In a nutshell, how can anyone understand the full picture of history, science, psychology, politics, or multiculturalism, without understanding the religion and spirituality that started this world, and is behind the beliefs and actions of human? Yes, well said. Colleges and universities, in Dr, Sollod’s opinion, need to add these studies to their programs and curriculums.
I believe Dr. Sollod was onto something. I found his wording to be a bit sarcastic at times as well as a bit demanding, but he did make very good points. Dr. Sollod wrote this essay for the faculty, staff, and administrators of colleges and universities. The wording of this essay appeals to exactly that, the higher educators. I needed to read this piece several times to get a good understanding of it. He appeals with firm logic and a little bit of aggressiveness, with some research thrown in to prove his points. I did not feel too much emotion in this piece, but just enough to convey his passion on the subject to the readers. His evidence of the facts is very good, especially where he talks about the political science parts. His own personal experience as a clinical psychologist, suggests that he has encountered this issue and felt lacking and unable to give his clients all that they needed. Some of his evidence, as in the use of his wording, can be hard to follow. I also felt the need to ask someone for their interpretation of the writing to make sure I was on the right track.
I have to agree with Dr. Sollod. As I stated in my thesis-statement, I have always felt an emptiness, like I haven’t learned all that I can. I was not taught religion as a child, but there was always an emptiness inside of me. As I was growing up, there was always a need to learn more, learn the truth. Now I have learned about religion as well as multicultural religions. I had to take this upon myself to study and learn these facts as there was no place else to learn it. Now that I am taking higher learning classes I can see how single faceted and one dimensional these classes are.
I believe Dr. Sollod as well as myself, has read many, books, essays, and articles that were screaming Christianity, but higher learning has turned a blind eye and only concentrated and focused on the logical sequence of the writings. The educators can teach facts and dates, but not the three dimensional aspect of personalities and cultures. It is like looking at a 3-D world, through 2-D glasses. This was in my opinion, a very well thought out,written and truthful essay. Good work and Thank you Dr. Robert, Bill.