[Milton-L] What have we become?

Carol Barton cbartonphd at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 16 20:15:32 EDT 2007

I was born and raised in New York, Carrol--and have never seen the inside of 
a general store.

You are entitled to your opinion, which is typically so far left as to be 
nearly as "right" (locationally and philosophically--not qualitatively--as 
the one you mock). Zealots of any stripe are irrational . . .

and since I remember a time when the professoriate was embodied by the 
learned, and the dignified, and the accomplished, I will thank you to allow 
me to maintain the esteem I held for them then, and still hold for those 
octogenarians who (dinosaurs though they may be) reify that "fantasy."

Are you such a curmudgeon that you--and your ill-mannered disciple--could 
ignore the rest of my message, just for the thrill of beating your tired old 
quasi-radical drum?

If so, you have my pity, too.

Carol Barton

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carrol Cox" <cbcox at ilstu.edu>
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] What have we become?

>> Carol Barton wrote:
>> In the last thirty years, I have seen the professoriate degraded from
>> role-models held (deservedly) in the highest esteem to service
>> personnel respected by almost no one--especially not by many of their
>> students, or the parents of those individuals. Students have been
>> transmogrified from scholars grateful for the opportunity even to be
>> failed by such respected members of the community to consumers who
>> believe that because they pay tuition, they are entitled to the grade
>> of their choice (whether or not it reflects the quality of the work
>> they have done).
> I suggest you read Chapters 1 & 2 of Raymond Williams, _The Country and
> the City_. This sort of good-old-days nonsense belongs in a cartoon of
> tobacco-spitting beareded oldsters sitting in front of a general store.
> Carrol
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