There is something about academia that has always puzzled me, specifically in the area of Literature. Being an English major I have taken more than my fair share of Lit classes. I LOVE (note emphasis) to read. I don’t have cable because I would rather read most times. So, why do high school Enghlish teachers go out of their way to suck the fun out of the act of reading? I understand that everyone should be exposed to some of the classics, but just because they are “classic” does not mean they are good. And by good I mean that the consumption of them brings some sort of enrichment to me–be it in the form of entertainment or insight into a time in history. However, I am mostly focused on the entertainment.
I know, education is not about entertainment, right? Or is it? One hundred years ago, I would not have had the opportunity to be as educated. So, what would I have been doing then? Oh yeah, working. Well, since the whole point of education is to get you a better job. So you can do what? Ah, have more time and money to be entertained.
I have read my share of the classics. I even enjoyed some of them. But I think cartoonist, Stephan Pastis says it best..