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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Those Stubborn Classics

Ashley Thorne posted at National Review Online.
"Many colleges want their students to have read a book before they start their first semester. Not just any book, but one carefully selected by a committee to represent the college’s ideals and aspirations. Translation: No Impact Man in, classics out.

"I am the co-author of a new National Association of Scholars study of freshman pre-reading assignments at 341 colleges. Beach Books 2013–2014: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class? shows that most of the books assigned in these 'common reading' programs are fresh from the printer. More than half were from 2010 or later. Only five of the 341 colleges assigned a book from before 1900.

"Colleges exclude the classics for three reasons. ..."

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