Monday, May 05, 2008

Classical Education

So we're on a theme here. Can you successfully pry the remains of a classical education out of the modern university's course offerings? Even my current course, which deals with an introduction to reading and writing about short stories, poems and dramas, has a healthy dose of modern prejudices--'we have almost fifty per cent women authors'. Why? How does this advance my understanding of the best of these forms of literature over the last five hundred years?

It doesn't. It isn't about the best, there being no current consensus that such a thing even exists. Rather, it's about what will make the students conversant with the academically respectable ideologies of the day. Yikes! Indoctrination as education.

More good stuff: "

The May issue of The New Criterion is concerned with education — mostly of the ‘higher’ variety. Contributors include Roger Kimball, Alan Charles Kors, Robert Paquette, Victor Davis Hanson, James Piereson, and Charles Murray.


(Via Southern Appeal.)

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