Thursday, August 7, 2008

Topic: After the Humanities, What?

10-Second Review: Few students study the humanities as a discipline today. We need to engage our students in multi-disciplinary studies. That’s what education today is all about.

Title. “Review: A Massive Failure of Imagination.” K. Spellmeyer. College English (July 2008), 633-643. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary/Quote: “When students have the opportunity to work against the fragmentation of the curriculum—bringing together economics and environmental science, or medicine and anthropology, or literature and the media—they are creating the knowledge needed to prevent the phrase ‘educated citizen’ from becoming a term of ironic derision.”

Comment: To what degree are interdisciplinary studies occurring at the college level? I think this article makes a great deal of sense. RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

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