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  •  Ireland has 7 Nobel Laureates (1+ / 0-)
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    2 for Peace, 1 for Physics and 4 for Literature -- that tiny island.  And yet -- still Western lit.  Currently American universities and colleges (not all) are adopting a business model so forget concentrations in African, Middle Eastern, Asian, South American, Aboriginal literature and myths.  We are going to "educate" a generation of narrow focused young people.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:53:48 PM PST

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      I was mostly talking about  availability of non-native works, though, as in when you walk into a bookstore 95% of the stock are translated books. In my country this practically forces bookworms to read books originating from every single continent. I feel great to have had that range of possibilities as a teenager (and which I still have) compared with what I've seen in the US.

      Nothing kneads the young mind in a better way or expands horizons as much as reading books written in and featuring totally different cultures as a teen. Well, that and traveling, of course.

      Didn't know that about Ireland, though! Interesting tidbit there.

      We are going to "educate" a generation of narrow focused young people.
      Very true, unfortunately. I used to think we were doing that already but it seems things can actually get worse on that front (talking about European high schools and universities as well).

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