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The Four Arts of Freedom In Wayne C Booths essay Whats Supposed to Be Going on Here he directly challenges what we consider to be a liberal education and proposes a solution based on revamping the three rs This long-winded look at the mental ignorance of people today offers several interesting insights as well as Booths critique of his own proposed solution Although he admits to having a flawed solution he does not believe any of the flaws would overthrow his general argument Booth begins by stating that what we term as liberal education is actually quite the opposite He implies that while we are being educated to eradicate ignorance we are in fact becoming more ignorant because we are being taught to use the information we are given for social climbing 55 Booth also states that without knowledge we may embrace political programs and schools of art and world views with as much passion as if we knew what we were doing but our seeming choices are really what other people have imposed upon us 55 It seems that educated or not Booth would consider the average person to be ignorant How can this ignorance be stopped Booth suggests a revamping of the three rs reading riting and rithmetic He has proposed another list of rs which he considers three of the four on his new list to be available in some degree to every student who is willing to seek them out 56 The first r is the art of recovery of meanings In defining this first r Booth states that it is the art of recovering what other people mean and not what wed like them to mean59 While this sounds fairly easy it is very much the opposite Booth believes so many of us have fallen into the habit of assuming we listen with an open mind to other peoples thoughts and ideas when in fact we essentially sort the ideas
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