Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Western Canon

From the indispensable Arts & Letters Daily, an article in praise of studying 'canonical' dead white writers like Aristotle & Aeschylus.
In 2007 a home affairs select committee produced a report about young black boys in the criminal justice system, calling for the department for education and schools to consult with black community groups to make the curriculum more relevant—and to find “content which interests and empowers young black people.” We can safely assume they were not talking about Ovid, Chaucer or Shakespeare.
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