This assignment entailed finding and summarizing two reviews of Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind."
I was asked to find reviews that dealt with this text from a liberal and a conservative perspective.
In English 600, I was introduced to a variety of research tools including Google Scholar, the WPA-L archives, and a number of academic databases available through the HSU library. These databases have been invaluable in my research for English 611.
Wright, Richard. Rev. of The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom. The Journal of Negro Education. 57.1 (Winter, 1988), pp 119-121. JSTOR Academic Database. 24 Sept. 2007.
Wolin suggests that the values and “motivational crisis” of youth cannot be separated from the larger economic system, and the values it fosters. In a society where only quantity and product matters, it’s no surprise that students see an undergraduate career as a way to a better-paying job, instead of a chance to broaden their cultural and academic selves.