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Author Atlas, James.

Title Battle of the books : the curriculum debate in America / James Atlas.

Imprint New York : Norton, 1992.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  028.535 A881B    Check Shelf
Edition 1st Norton ed.
Description 157 pages ; 20 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-145) and index.
Contents The warning -- The big boys -- The new Canonists -- The decline of literary criticism -- Cultural illiteracy -- The end of tradition -- We are what we read.
Summary "Does it matter which books college students read? Indeed it does, contends James Atlas. What we read has crucial implications for both our development as individuals and our ability to establish consensus on national issues. We are what we read." "Where once the giants of Western thought - Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Milton, and Dante - had pride of place, university courses now boast authors such as Raymond Chandler, Alice Walker, and Louis L'Amour. Traditionalists argue that abandoning the "Great Books" spells doom for America's education system, a system that multiculturalists have called a white, elitist scam that fails to reflect America's multi-ethnic, non-European heritage." "Has the "opening" of the curriculum gone too far? Atlas's attempt to answer this question takes him to university classrooms across America, where the canon of "Great Books" is being dismantled in the name of political correctness, and into his own past, as he considers the influence of these books on his own life." "As ethnic groups reassert their identities and break from traditional assimilation, Atlas argues, America's need for common ground is greater than ever. Unless there is a set of core beliefs upon which to build consensus, there may soon be no clear idea of America, no common heritage, and no unified future." "Like The Closing of the American Mind and The Disuniting of America, Battle of the Books is a powerful, unsettling argument that calls attention to a looming crisis in American education."--Jacket.
Subject Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld (DE-588)10090522-5
College students -- Books and reading -- United States.
Ethnic groups -- United States -- Bibliography -- Methodology.
Cultural pluralism -- Bibliography -- Methodology.
Books and reading -- United States.
Education, Higher -- United States.
Books and reading. (OCoLC)fst00836454
College students -- Books and reading. (OCoLC)fst00867985
Cultural pluralism -- Bibliography -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst01726109
Education, Higher. (OCoLC)fst00903005
Ethnic groups -- Bibliography -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst00915960
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Hoger onderwijs.
Bildungspolitik (DE-588)4006667-8
Collegestudent (DE-588)4315181-4
Collegeunterricht (DE-588)4305267-8
Lehrplanentwicklung (DE-588)4074112-6
Lektüre (DE-588)4035296-1
Leesen (DE-588)1057949078
College (DE-588)4148217-7
Klassenlektüre (DE-588)4164022-6
United States.
College students -- Books and reading -- United. (local)49075
States. (local)696
Ethnic groups -- United States -- Bibliography -- (local)49072
Methodology. (local)10551
Cultural pluralism -- Bibliography -- (local)49073
Books and reading -- United States. (local)49076
Education, Higher -- United States. (local)42223
Indexed Term Reading.
United States.
Genre/Form Bibliographies. (OCoLC)fst01919895
ISBN 0393034135
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