Why Do I Have to Learn This?

I just read this fantastic blog post — no, I’ll go ahead an call it what it is: an essay — from “Siobhan Curious” at Classroom as Microcosm. Titled “Why Do I Have to Learn This?,” it is an excellent response to a recent New Yorker piece by Louis Menand (whose New Yorker pieces I often admire). Between Menand and Siobhan Curious’s reading of Menand, we get a beautifully articulated account of the fundamental errors in — and fundamental beauties of — our ideas about higher education.

In fact, this post is so excellent, both as a commentary in its own right and as an example of response writing, that I’m going to require my students to read it and respond on our online discussion forums. But I hope like hell that they respond at the Classroom as Microcosm site, too, because I’m teaching community college students, many of whom are headed to colleges or universities in a year or two but many of whom have different aspirations, and since this conversation of the importance of college is mostly about the four-year institution, I’m really curious what my students might want to add to this discussion.

If they let me, I’ll report a bit about what they had to say in a future post. But in the meantime, go read this thing now, because it’s awesome.

via Why Do I Have to Learn This?.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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