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October 27, 2006

I'm glad to be aboard...

I'm looking forward to being a part of the discussions on this blog.  Already, I can see that the core struggle in any reform will be at the heart of what we discuss-- the tension between tradition and innovation.   Whatever we do that is new and innovative usually takes time and resources away from something which we were doing before.   For example, I am wondering what was taken out of the Harvard curriculum to make way for the new classes.

The costs of that tension are sometimes high.  Above all else, it often leads to a schism between older and younger faculty, with the younger faculty more often being the proponents of change.   Is there anything that can be done to mitigate that danger?

Mark Osler

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