ERIC Number: ED067655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Literature, Freshmen, and Morality.
Moyer, Charles R.
Minnesota English Journal, v4 n3 p38-46 Fall 1968
The controversy of assigning a supposedly licentious book to students is a relentlessly repetitious one, which does, however, involve important assumptions. The discussion of these assumptions may allow the controversy to be continued with a degree of cogency usually lacking. Those who condemn such books feel that the image of the college will be tarnished. This is a "public relations" problem in that a book, if it has an important place in the heritage of thought and culture, should be represented regardless of the community's expectations; however, the college must have rational grounds for its conduct. Three assertions remain: (1) literary choices are to be made in moral terms and on moral grounds; (2) a college should seek to impart moral or spiritual enlightenment to its students; and (3) the justification of college study lies in its relevance to the contemporary world. Since the issues of today are extreme in their intensity and the authority of the church has diminished, the college may be tempted to assume the responsibility that religion once assumed. The adoption of these assumptions is to assume impossible expectations, and in so doing, the one task there is hope of performing could easily be deserted, i.e., the encouragement and development of the "health of the intellect." (JF)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Council of Teachers of English.