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Thought provoking book Though I did not agree with everything stated in the book, the premise is most agreeable Liberal arts supply the building blocks for rational thought, deductive reasoning, and importantly, imagination It has influenced this reader of primarily non fiction to seek authors of poetry and fiction, especially the classics.Thank you Mr Edmundson. In This Important Book, Acclaimed Author Mark Edmundson Reconceives The Value And Promise Of Reading He Enjoins Educators To Stop Offering Up Literature As Facile Entertainment And Instead Teach Students To Read In A Way That Can Change Their Lives For The Better At Once Controversial And Inspiring, This Is A Groundbreaking Book Written With The Elegance And Power To Change The Way We Teach And Read Why Read Was A PSLA Young Adult Top Non Fiction Title Although I do not accept the books promise that democratic humanism can and will replace God in our lives, I hasten to declare the thoughtfulness of this work There is no requirement that the two stances compete I readily agree that my faith and pursuit of God can be greatly enhanced by this great teacher s thoughtfulness as so ably expressed in this fine book. Why Read is a further elucidation of a student s or anyone s for that matter journey to self knowledge and understanding of the world that the author began in Teacher, an auto biographical account of high schoolers in a working class environment being given the opportunity to expand their horizons through the encouragement of an unconventional teacher In the present case, the author has moved to the college classroom where literary classics are ideally read for their potential of answering such questions as Who Am I or What Is Life There is the implication that the student at the college level feels a need to move beyond conventional socialization This all seems to be standard practice why write a book The author is than a little concerned that the university has essentially adopted the values and the modus operandi of the broader consumer and entertainment society A certain superficiality has engulfed our society Being hip and cool, that is projecting an image, must be the foremost stance taken in life, which excludes both passion and doubt Multifarious information, often obtained via the Internet, displaces wisdom That is what students expect within the university Future technocrats and businessmen need an instrumental, factual education, not a useless wholesale examination of values That entire orientation is to be contrasted with the author s view that the function of a liberal arts education is to use major works of art and intellect to influence one s Final Narrative the ultimate set of terms that we use to confer value on experience The self doubt and introspection crucial to developing a Final Narrative is outside the boundaries of ubiquitous casualness.Beyond disinterest in the classics, in criticism directed towards the humanities professorate, there is the additional concern that literary works are being interpreted with a political agenda, which distorts the original authors intents and, further, interferes with the educational value of the works For example, Dickens novels concerning the horrid social conditions in early industrial England are used in hegemonic critiques not intended by Dickens Nonetheless, the chiding of those advancing a Foucaultian normalization and control of society agenda by grafting such analyses onto literary works, comes across as than a little disingenuous given the author s overall views Democracy and democratic humanism those are the components of the author s religion He invites us to imagine a nation, a world, where people have fuller self knowledge, fuller self determination, where self making is a primary objective not just in the material sphere but in the circles of the mind and heart We humanities teachers can help create such a world There is no disagreement with the nobility of the goal here, but where is the reconciliation with the realities of a superficial, consumer ethos and Foucaultian control In a world of artificiality, how does a student become aware of a need for self discovery How can a student possibly know whether such a search is possible in an institution without the assumption that awareness has already been obtained And then there is the very real possibility of such an enlightened student wrecking on the realities outside the university We can t all have the safe haven of college tenure to widely explore and espouse eternal truths At one point the author recognizes that seeking truth is a subversive endeavor But there seems to be little appreciation for the consequences.The author disclaims that his approach is one of personal therapy Yet it does seem to be very much one of personal growth and personal interpretation of the classics He especially advocates the reading of poetry as being foremost in finding personal truth, which in the view of many is a particularly subjective endeavor Literature comes before history in his view Presumably that same ordering applies to any body of knowledge He seems to require that a work engenders an emotional response, that the work of art can be lived, for it to be considered essential for self discovery He specifically discounts works that merely teach us something about the larger world This is a most curious position Broad, historical understanding of political, economic, and social systems would seem to enhance anyone s pursuit of trying to define a life to live Constructing a personal reality based on the personal interpretation of literary works, devoid of significant context, seems to merely self indulging, with little to do with attaining intellectual heights Why Read is thought provoking, but puzzles because of the author s unwillingness to complete his analysis It is clear that the author understands much the culture is dumbed down the university system makes little effort to advance the growth and wisdom of attendees a business mentality permeates our society democracy, humanistic or otherwise, is a tenuous project in our society and tremendous risks are incurred if one confronts this hegemonic situation.What is to be inferred here Does the author accept the fact that substantial wealth is a legitimate litmus test in allowing attendance at his employing university, which ultimately will amount to little than gaining a credential to enter the business world at an elevated position Where is the call for reform Where is the political critique Is he genuinely interested in democratic empowerment The book is ultimately just not that satisfying because even though the author is well aware of the landscape, he doesn t seem to be going anywhere with his understanding What a waste. Mark Edmundson is a genius of teaching great literature to college and high school students His main thesis is that literature teachers should encourage students to learn about how the works of William Carlos Williams, Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Homer, etc can help them to live better lives.He does not like literary theories, particularly of the Marxist variety, because they detract from learning about the ideas expressed by these great authors.I have highlighted so many of Edmundson s sentences that my Kindle version of the book almost looks like one long string of yellowized words This is because I like what he says, and respect his insights into teaching today s cable vision generation. As a retired educator I have well defined opinions on the nature of education in America I also like finding validation for my owns ideas in the thinking of others I enjoyed reading Edmundson s ideas about reading and its importance to a well educated and well rounded college student He compares our current system of turning out job ready grads to earlier ideals of a well educated individual who studied Greek and Latin in order to read the classics, to understand the foundations of Western thinking, to explore philosophical and political ideas In his opinion we have become a dumbed down society His argument is thoughtful and thought provoking I enjoyed the read.