We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A new study by the National Association of Scholars has found that 70 percent of the summer reading books assigned to incoming college freshmen in the U.S. show a liberal bias and are not academically challenging, setting off a storm of debate in educational circles.
Well sure. Kids have never been exposed to liberalism before, and we need to broaden their minds. American students all come from Bush-voting fundamentalist homes, and only the brave vanguard of open-minded professors stands between America and fascism.
Everyone knows that.
Assistant Village Idiot
I don't have as big a problem with this as I expected to. Summer reading lists have always leaned toward the lightweight. I'm okay with saving the classics for class assignments once the fall semester starts (assuming the profs actually do that, which a lot of them won't). And there are some good books on there. What I object to is the mediocrity and predictability of so much of it. The Omnivore's Dilemma? Three Cups of Tea? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time? Lightweight is one thing, but these things ought to be more challenging than Oprah's Book Club.