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A Look at Edmundson After reading Mark Edmundsons piece On the Uses of a Liberal Education I have arrived at the conclusion that he is somewhat of an extremist Although he makes many valid points and states them in a most erudite manner he crosses what I consider to be a fine line between making a valid point and extending that point to an extreme from which there seems to be no return Right off the bat Edmundson gives away some of his inner feelings about his students and give us a peak into his extremist mentality He begins to make his point about commercialization of universities by describing a situation in which the students are toiling away like the devils auditors Edmundson 96 Mr Edmundson continues to make his point by calling the students informed consumers Edmundson 96 and inferring that they are acting exactly like consumers in a natural economy Although this inference has some validity to it I most certainly disagree with it and will attempt to explain why I feel this way Edmundson complains that the students do not really pay attention in class and are interested only in the affability and the one-liners Edmundson 97 This assumption is based solely on interpretation of the students reactions to the lecture or discussion given in class It is quite obvious that here Edmundson lets his personal feelings cloud his judgment since he personally thinks that these students are ungrateful for the knowledge that they have received Edmundson bases his judgment on his observations of the reactions coming from his students He takes the reactions of one or two people and 1 interprets them in a negative manner such as a yawn taken to be extremely offensive and 2 exaggerates their offense and makes it out to be like the whole class is mocking him Furthermore it would be most gullible to imply that students are for the most part lazy
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