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Viewpoint: Lee Siegel

From The Wall Street Journal: “We are told that the lack of a formal education...

“We are told that the lack of a formal education, mostly in literature, leads to numerous pernicious personal conditions, such as the inability to think critically, to write clearly, to empathize with other people, to be curious about other people and places, to recognize truth, beauty, and goodness. These solemn anxieties are grand, lofty, civic-minded, admirably virtuous, and virtuously admirable. They are also a sentimental fantasy. Only a knave would applaud the falling-off in the formal study of books that cultivate empathy, curiosity, aesthetic taste, and moral refinement. But the academic study of literature leads to nothing of the sort. Literature is too sacred to be taught. It needs only to be read.”

Lee Siegel in The Wall Street Journal

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