Faculty members at Alamo Colleges in San Antonio objected earlier this year to their chancellor’s move to make a course inspired in part by the popular self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People part of the core curriculum. Instructors said they felt left out of the decision-making process and weren’t sure if the course, which would replace one of only two required humanities classes in the core, deserved that kind of curricular billing.
It is strange, is it not, that the attempt to teach habits of highly effective people is considered gauche and unworthy of the time of students? (It is unlikely that the objections stem from a belief that the wrong habits are being taught. That said, you can read more about the Mormon roots of Stephen Covey and his ideas here.) You can read more about the episode at Alamo Colleges here.