The Exile of Classics from Schoolrooms
Tis a very sad day that the academic/education world has seen fit to do away with the very fabric of our learning field (books like
Wuthering Heights, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Uncle Tom's Cabin). It strips us of opportunities to build character internally and vocalize it externally. I am glad I had those reading experiences.
While the classrooms are devoid of words necessary to propel young minds into new, great possibilities, I hope there are students at those desks who started reading at 2 years old, like I did, or at least a year later than that. Those are the ones on whom I pin my hopes that the next generation will carry on our own work with love and honor.
Feb 1, 2011 1:21 pm
We are now in a technological, fast-going, unsympathetic, non-empathetic, and low morals era... hardly anyone cares about building good characters internally and the ability to vocalize them externally. I too am glad that I had that reading experience.
Feb 2, 2011 10:41 am
Could you elaborate? Exactly what "opportunities to build character internally and vocalize it externally" are available from Wuthering Heights, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Uncle Tom's Cabin? I'm asking because, while I found those books to be academically suitable (easy to teach literary concepts and very easy to prise out term paper topics) I certainly would not have picked those three books as character-builders. Thoughts?
Feb 6, 2011 9:28 am
I think I kind of know what you mean. When I was in high school (about eight years ago now), The only real book of substance my class was required to read was "Angela's Ashes", the rest....well, I'm sad to say were Ill-written, forgettable romance novels. I would have LOVED to read "To kill a mocking bird" or "Phantom of the Opera" in school. Don't get me wrong, I love reading them on my own now, but I'm 26 years old, and I'm just now getting into the classics because no one pushed me into reading them or loving them while I was still leaning and growing up.
Feb 24, 2011 12:39 am
I read a lot of the classics on my own in school. Most of them were never taught in my classes.
Apr 3, 2011 10:24 am