squiddy Wrote:
Jan 25, 2013 12:40 PM
Professor Stotsky's comments hints at a real danger, here - this paves the way for a teacher to insert their own texts reflecting their own biases - for example, I recall a "Hispanic Literature" course whose readings consisted entirely of pro-Marxist, pro-revolutionary novels - and if you wanted to pass, your interpretations had better be that all South American governments were vicious, corrupt puppets of the US Government, and the only way to achieve justice was revolution and establishment of a Worker's Paradise. I understand utilitarianism, but not exposing students to works of timelessly great literature is a mistake - how will they ever understand what makes great literature "great", without reading and understanding it?