ENG 4U: Assumptions

Given our reading of the article The Closing of the American Mind, I’d like you to consider the following:

A somewhat disputed quotation attributed to Socrates from google answers

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

One problem that I see with Bloom’s argument is that, in some ways, it is not particularly new. It reminds me of countless other arguments about how “things today” are much worse than they were in the “good ol’ days.”

I think we need to address a key issue if we are going to understand Bloom’s argument: why are we here?

Let’s look at a  fable, of sorts…


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