On The Uses Of A Liberal Education As Lite Enterta Essay
1807 WordsFeb 25, 20118 Pages
After reading the essay “On the uses of a Liberal Education as Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students” by Mark Edmunson, published 1997, I gained more knowledge about America’s education in universities nowadays. The essay, at first, makes me feel like an evaluation, but gradually the paper has revealed itself as a persuasive work.
During my analysis of this paper I noticed a few interesting things about it: The author lays out all of his evidence first then presents his point at the end In his essay, Edmunson claimed that most students today consume their education rather than interact with it. He made a remarkable point in saying how he wanted his students to connect with him. This being said; it doesn’t mean they had to like him or dislike him for that matter, but to actually learn life skills from his class due to one on one personal connections. While using techniques from Sigmund and Freud may have been a little to out of the box for his settings, it didnt sound like such a bad idea. Edmundson also said “I don’t teach to amuse, to divert, or even, for that matter, to be merely interesting”, and by saying that, he suggests that professors are forced to be entertaining “Because that’s what works.” in a consumer society. He says that “I think that many of [my students] have imbibed their sense of self from consumer culture and in general from the tube in particular.” This attitude he suggests has led to a lack of passion. He also says his generation is partly to blame for letting the counterculture search for pleasure devolve into a quest for commodities. Edmundson explains how the university he works at is changing its face to attract more students in a consumer society. The college admissions process has become a marketing campaign to attract as many people to the place as possible. It has also affected the policy of the individual departments to be