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WSJ Interview: Harold Bloom, Falstaff, and the Humanities

  Harold Bloom: The Yale scholar on Falstaff and ‘the death of humanistic studies’. From Weekend Confidential, by Alexandra Wolfe. Print: WSJ April 8-9, 2017, p.C17, vol. CCLXIX, no. 81. Online: www.wsj.com/articles/harold-blooms-critical-thinking-1491582477 Comments on the interview: Clearly, this WSJ interview is another warning of the decline of the humanities. For 50 years, Professor Bloom has…

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Very brief comments on a very large idea

“Do not go gentle into that good night” – Dylan Thomas     The following translated paragraph is drawn from “The Necessary Place of the Humanities in Modern Culture – An Introduction to the Current Debate” by Jörg-Dieter Gauger and Günther Rüther. It is followed by brief comments and the original German text. Cultural Education…

In support of balanced education and citizenship: An article series. No. 2.

In support of balanced education and citizenship: An article series. No. 2.

  (Article No. 2) Remarks on the influence of materialism.     by Edward Eggleston “No farmer is more slave to his plow, than a gentleman following the clock of fashion”.     — W.H. Auden, “The Rake’s Progress” … And so we express our “freedom”: by an increasing economic servitude. A few prefatory comments…

In support of balanced education and citizenship: An article series. No. 1.
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In support of balanced education and citizenship: An article series. No. 1.

(Series explanation. An educational model excessively governed by business, science, and technology subjects is inadequate and unbalanced, despite the gloss of “modern progress”. The reduction (or even elimination) of humanistic studies deserves serious attention. The long term effects of such educational policies, carried out by various institutions, will be immense. In view of the scale…