YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

June 22, 2016

Progressives and the teaching of American literature

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 7:53 pm

Posted seven years ago, but more relevant than ever. The quote from Harvard is priceless; supports fish stories!

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog


AmericanliteratureToday’s blog responds to recent questions raised about the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, but also to the President’s speech to the United Nations, that sought to remove any impression of American hubris. It will be seen that progressive educators have long worried about a sublime America that could go too far in challenging authority, looking for a middle-ground that may be entirely a product of overheated imaginations. (For a related blog, see https://clarespark.com/2010/10/09/david-riesman-v-friedrich-hayek/. For a detailed account of Matthiessen’s view of Herman Melville see https://clarespark.com/2010/12/29/f-o-matthiessen-martyr-to-mccarthyism/.)

[The Harvard Report General Education in a Free Society, Harvard U.P., 1945, p.129-130:] …[I]nstruction in the arts has a bearing on other traits of the person beyond those of his intelligence.  In this world we have to live with others and with ourselves; we need the virtues both of society and of…

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