“What a work of literature says cannot be separated from how the literary work says it, and therefore the form and structure of a work, far from being merely the decorative wrapping of an isolable content, is in fact part of the content of the work.”—Tenant of Russian Formalism
when people say that people who go to college are “afraid to face the real world.” No, we’re not. We’re no more or less prepared than you in the sense that we’re not mentally or socially ready to handle the “real world.” Our chosen professions or paths in life simply require that we fulfill certain requirements in order to do our jobs or to do them well.
I mean, I could take the PRAXIS II in English and get my certification to teach English in high school classrooms, but it is highly unlikely that I would be hired because I would turn out to be a CRAP teacher because I have no theory of pedagogy or how to manage a classroom. This same situation exists in just about any job. If you’re not trained to do a job, you’re not going to do well, and you’ll probably be fired shortly after being hired since you’re not performing well. People who are educated are not any better or worse than those who are not either.
This mistake is made far too often. People associate the quality of a person with whether or not that person attended an institution of higher learning. Obviously, a person who attends a university will be exposed to a larger amount of people, increasing the amount of cultural knowledge gleaned. However, how much a person knows does not increase his or her quality as a human. I value intelligence a great deal, but I do my best never to say that someone is “bad” because he or she is not educated or has not been exposed to certain things. University life isn’t for everyone, and I don’t expect everyone to attend. Do what makes you happy, and do what you feel could benefit the world.
Last point. Maybe…
We’re kind of important, right? It bothers me when people say that “those who cannot do teach.” No. No. No. No. No. No. I would say it some more, but I think that you get the point. Without teachers, there would be nothing: no literature, no history, no technology, no music, no form of culture whatsoever. I use teacher in a broad way here, to include people who impart knowledge in any way. In my case as an English teacher, I cover a breadth of knowledge. When I actually get a job, it is my responsibility to teach my students not only how to understand language; understand, apply, and hopefully appreciate literature; and communicate well through the written word but also how to think. Literature is one of the most analytical of the humanities, requiring readers to think from various theories and points of view, to form well-supported opinions, and to apply what they learn from a reading to the real world. Things like that simply aren’t taught in math.
The fact of the matter is that teachers and education are both hallmarks of a strong people, and the fact that, as a whole, this nation is straying away from placing humanities on the pedestal that is so rightfully deserves. Maybe I’m a bit biased, but I think that English is incredibly important for so many reasons as are the other humanities like history and languages. I’m sorry, but there are certain degrees that I don’t really see a need for in universities. However, as I said earlier, do what makes you happy and do what benefits the world.
I have no idea where all this came from. I had originally intended to talk about equality amongst professions: the teachers are no more important than the lumberjacks who cut the trees, the haulers who hauls the tree, the paper mill who manufactures the paper, etc…
I guess this is just what my brain wanted to say. Maybe it means something.
“I could tear open my bosom with vexation to think how little we are capable of influencing the feelings of each other. No one can communicate to me those sensations of love, joy, rapture, and delight which I do not naturally possess; and, though my heart may glow with the most lively affection, I cannot make the happiness of one in whom the same warmth is not inherent.”—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (via quotesforintellectuals)
The results are a little skewed because I switched computers a few months ago, but they shouldn’t be too much off.
Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine (103)
Drumming Song by Florence + The Machine (101)
Between Two Lungs by Florence + The Machine (67)
Girl with One Eye by Florence + The Machine (65)
Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine (59)
Shout by Donora (57)
Blinding by Florence + The Machine (55)
My Boy Builds Coffins by Florence + The Machine (49)
Howl by Florence + The Machine (49)
Hardest of Hearts by Florence + The Machine (42)
"En Gallop" by Joanna Newsom (42)
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) by Florence + Machine (36)
Hop A Plane by Tegan and Sara (36) [most listened to song of all-time as well with (134) listens]
Hurricane Drunk by Florence + The Machine (36)
Aha! by Imogen Heap (33)
Black and Gold by Ellie Goudling (32)
Animal Arithmetic by Jonsi (32)
Hello Seattle by Owl City (31)
Tidal by Imogen Heap (30)
You’ve Got The Love by Florence + The Machine (30)
Washington DC Improv by Imogen Heap (30)
Marching Bands of Manhattan by Deathcab for Cutie (29)
First Train Home by Imogen Heap (28)
Escape Artist by Zoe Keating (28)
Under the Sheets by Ellie Goulding (28)
Go Long by Joanna Newsom (28)
It would seem that album of the year goes to Florence + The Machine’s Lungs. Make no bones about it: this record is amazing, but there were also many others that stood out to me. Of course, Miss Heap’s Ellipse was nothing short of breathtaking, especially after watching the making-of DVD. Jonsi’s Go is also a masterpiece of exploding, musical happiness. Ellie Goulding’s Lights is an awesome pop album with some real meat to it.