[Milton-L] Liberal education

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Tue Jun 28 01:36:37 EDT 2016

This sounds like the premise to my novella . . .

Jeffery Hodges

Ewha Womans University
Seoul, South Korea

Novella: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E18KW0K (*The Bottomless Bottle of

 (*The Bottomless Bottle of Beer*)

Blog: http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ (*Gypsy Scholar*)

Doctoral Thesis: "Food as Synecdoche in the Gospel of John and Gnostic

Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley
M.A., History of Science, U.C. Berkeley
B.A., English Language and Literature, Baylor University

Home Address:

Dr. Sun-Ae Hwang and Dr. Horace Jeffery Hodges
Geonyeong Apt.102-204
Bonghwasan-ro 48-gil 62
Jungnang-gu, Seoul
South Korea

On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM, Nancy Charlton <
charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The following is copied from
> Facebook, because I thought a lot of you might like to see this. Al
> besides, it asks how many students ever read PL and the other monumental
> epics of Western civilization. And what is happening to the latter?
> Nancy Charlton
> ============
> A good one:  "My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice,
> pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent.
> But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge
> that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a
> previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a
> civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a
> result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.
> It's difficult to gain admissions to the schools where I've taught -
> Princeton, Georgetown, and now Notre Dame. Students at these institutions
> have done what has been demanded of them: they are superb test-takers, they
> know exactly what is needed to get an A in every class (meaning that they
> rarely allow themselves to become passionate and invested in any one
> subject); they build superb resumes. They are respectful and cordial to
> their elders, though easy-going if crude with their peers. They respect
> diversity (without having the slightest clue what diversity is) and they
> are experts in the arts of non-judgmentalism (at least publically). They
> are the cream of their generation, the masters of the universe, a
> generation-in-waiting to run America and the world.
> But ask them some basic questions about the civilization they will be
> inheriting, and be prepared for averted eyes and somewhat panicked looks.
> Who fought in the Peloponnesian War? Who taught Plato, and whom did Plato
> teach? How did Socrates die? Raise your hand if you have read both the
> Iliad and the Odyssey. The Canterbury Tales? Paradise Lost? The Inferno?
> Who was Saul of Tarsus? What were the 95 theses, who wrote them, and what
> was their effect? Why does the Magna Carta matter? How and where did Thomas
> Becket die? Who was Guy Fawkes, and why is there a day named after him?
> What did Lincoln say in his Second Inaugural? His first Inaugural? How
> about his third Inaugural? What are the Federalist Papers?
> Some students, due most often to serendipitous class choices or a quirky
> old-fashioned teacher, might know a few of these answers. But most students
> have not been educated to know them. At best, they possess accidental
> knowledge, but otherwise are masters of systematic ignorance. It is not
> their "fault" for pervasive ignorance of western and American history,
> civilization, politics, art and literature. They have learned exactly what
> we have asked of them - to be like mayflies, alive by happenstance in a
> fleeting present. "
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