What we read does indeed matter. What future leaders read matters quite a bit – it forms their ideas of the world, their grasp (or lack thereof) of history, and their consciousness of how to move the culture and civilization forward.
The mother of a friend of one of our children recently walked into our family room and, upon seeing the filled bookcases lining one wall, asked, “Who reads?”
This is not a future leader, nor a parent raising one.
Here is an excellent article on the subject of kids posting you’ll-be-sorry-later content on FaceBook, and on what Harvard grads are reading. Fascinating.
As the author writes, “The most striking thing about the Favorite Books section is the lack of hesitance to identify less-than-immortal books — “The Godfather,” “The Notebook,” “The Da Vinci Code,” assorted trash by David Baldacci — as rave faves. This, coupled with the alarming popularity of the voluble crypto-fascist Ayn Rand, strongly suggests that the Ivies may not be getting the job done, culture-wise, these days.”
That Harvard and its peer colleges are not getting the job done is not news to thinking people, of course. But it really is astounding that its grads actually think these are great books.
Yet another comment on education in America.
A student educated in K-12 would never identify these books as good, let alone great. Of course, if they also wanted to continue their education, they wouldn’t pick Harvard or any of the Ivies, either, for the simple fact that little education is done there. Lots of ideology and propaganda, but little education.
Here’s a simple rule-of-thumb: If the average grade at an institution is an A-, they don’t take education seriously.
Why parents send their kids to these schools is beyond me. Better they go to a Community College and get an education for a very small fraction of the price, and then transfer to a State school.