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Great Books and the Crisis in Underserved Student Education: Selected Articles

The materials below possess neither the ambition nor the pretence of being a systematic or comprehensive review of the literature, which is enormous and growing. Instead, above all, they collectively provide a vivid idea of the terrible and concrete damage done to underserved and minority students by being undereducated. Secondly they make clear that two sources of this tragedy are watered down core curricula and the bigotry of low expectations. Great Books pedagogy has been devised to reverse these two conditions by offering underserved and minority students a focused core curricula of central challenging books of universal and lasting importance. These readings, then, are offered to concerned people outside the field as well as those engaged in teaching underserved and minority students who have long felt like a voice crying out in the wilderness. They are also offered to those looking for a more effective approach and to those who reject Great Books in hopes it might stimulate a review of their assumptions.

The Curriculum

John C. Briggs, "Writing without Reading: the Decline of Literature in the Composition Classroom." Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. Winter 2004.

Elwood.Holm, "Gone Missing" National Great Books Academic Community Web site. Winter 2007

Will Fitzhugh History Research Paper Study The Concord Review. Nov 2002.

Mark Bauerlein, Tom Bradshaw, and Bonnie Nichols "Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America" Research Division, National, Endowment for the Arts.

Bruce Gans. "One Response to the Crisis Discussed in Writing in the Classroom" National Great Books Academic Community Web site. Winter 2007

"A Commentary on the Report 'Reading at Risk'" Association of Literary Scholars and Critic Forum 2005

"Pride and Prejudice and the Struggle Against Illiteracy." Paper delivered at a Great Books Foundation sponsored panel on Remedial Reading at the Community College at the ACTA Conference, March 2006.

"Schopenhauer and the Underserved Minority Student." Paper delivered at a Great Books Foundation Great Books Conference, September 2002.

The Expectations

Philip Cheifitz. Open Letter to Nassau Community College Faculty. May 3, 2005.
Letter from Phillip Cheifitz

Jerry Jessness, "Why Johnny Can't Fail; how a floating standard has destroyed public education" Reason July 1999.

Further Selected Bibliography

J. Linn. Allen. "Swiftly! Fetch the Pea-Filled Bladders!" Chicago Tribune, July 1, 2001

Christian. Berthelsen. "Suit Says Advanced Placement Classes Show Bias." New York Times, July 28, 1999.

Maxine C.Hairston,. "Required Courses Should Not Focus on Charged Issues." Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 1991.

Katherine A Kersten. "I Sit with Shakespeare and He Winces Not": The Great Books And The Burgeoning of Citizenship. By. American Experiment Quarterly. Summer 2002

Tamar. Lewin. "Many Going to College Are Not Ready, Report Says." New York Times, August 17, 2005.

Michael Martinez. "A Higher Ideal." Chicago Tribune. Perspective section. Sunday, August 19, 2001.

Lenore Ostrowsky, "College Dropouts and Standardized Tests." Academic Questions 12, no. 2 (Spring 1999): 74-81.

Earl Shorris. "Triumphant Power of the Humanities." American Educator, Winter 1997-98.

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