Products of Their Educational Systems
Posted by Karen R on October 30, 1997 at 17:18:03:
In response to Re: Omissions, written by Cassia on October 30, 1997 at 16:41:40
I thought I would split this one up.
]Beatrice and Val. For different reasons both of them don't pursue their life's work.
Everybody here is a product of their educational system, their teachers and their attitudes. The teachers said that Val wasn't good enough and she bought into it and gave it all up. Bea was told what she should "play it safe," which I think characterizes what she did. Professor Bengtsson said that Ask to Embla represented "uncertain ground." Cropper was even a product of his teachers. As he grew up with the "treasures," his father could "never establish any guiding principle as to how they should be ordered." He told him "here is History to hold in your hand." Blackadder, a Scot with tremendous pride in English culture--vastly ironic, is sent to Cambridge and given "terrible" lessons by his professor. This professor "deprived him of any confidence in his own capacity to contribute to change [English literature]." He knew that his life's work was going to be concerned with another man's thoughts and works. Roland's education was varied. Look at the variety implied by all the schools he attended. The POVs he was exposed to. This enabled him to see further and better than the others. And he had a mother that pushed him.
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