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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Critical Credo

Critical Credo

(p.208) 29 Critical Credo
The Critical Pulse

Mark Bauerlein

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author discusses the need to instill in students the learning and savvy to make reasoned, informed judgments for the rest of their lives. He says that students are not ready to make competent judgments of literature and language. They do not have the equipment, the knowledge and principles, and seasoning. He recommends teaching students some literary and intellectual history; reviewing the range of literary forms; introducing them to notions of tradition and innovation, high culture and mass culture, and popular culture; and compelling them to take ideas and ideologies seriously. He believes that in the ordinary lives of adolescents today, classrooms are often the only place where it will happen.

Keywords:   reading, literary understanding, teaching, pedagogy, critical judgment

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