Abolish General Education and language requirements. For decades, the College has struggled to define a coherent, effective, and easily navigable General Education program. It should look to Brown. There, students choose their 32 courses based on such criteria as the following: What is required for my major? What courses will teach me useful skills? What classes interest me? What fit with my schedule and other commitments? Those are the relevant questions for how we, Harvard undergraduates, should spend our time during the precious eight semesters most of us spend here. A Gen Ed-free system should be our default. Why should we restrict what courses students take? The arguments for a General Education program do exist. But they do not hold up to logical or empirical scrutiny. Explore new interests? Students certainly do at Brown—and Harvard students continue to do so after they check the relevant boxes. The system is far too weak to force students to take classes in truly foreign subjects, and why should it? Develop essential skills? Ask a humanities concentrator what class they took to satisfy their empirical reasoning requirement. If the answer is an actual statistics class, ask them what a standard deviation is. Learn a language? No Harvard senior would claim to have a useful knowledge of the language they took freshman year—because for the vast majority of students, foreign language skills are not more useful than the others we could learn at Harvard. (Those who want to take one can obviously do so anyway.) But most importantly, every class we at Harvard has an opportunity cost: the hundreds of other classes we could take. Harvard students are curious; they want to take other courses anyway, and we should remove the bizarro incentives of the Gen Ed policy to let them take what they want.