Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

The Liberal Arts!

I believe in the importance of the liberal arts and a balanced education.   When I went to college in the 60's, I was required to take an array of science courses though I was a liberal arts major.  I don't regret those classes.  They daily enhance my life.  

I recently learned from two teachers in one of my book groups that books like To Kill a Mockingbird will no longer be required reading.  Instead the children will choose what they want to read.  How do we cultivate and enjoy a discussion when we don't have the same information or reading material to discuss?   We are giving up the avenues that inspire imagination and vision, that allow us to understand and empathize, to use strategy and compromise.  It is a huge loss.   Read Stanley Fish on the subject:


 http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/the-crisis-of-the-humanities-officially-arrives/?hp
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