While students this year in the Palos Verdes Peninsula busy themselves with Jane Eyre, 1984, or Anthem students can prepare themselves for a collection of collegiate level literature. A mere 60 years after the Red Scare and McCarthyism and as Obama opens the cold doors to Cuba The Communist Manifesto makes its mark high on the list of top books. Letter’s From Birmingham Jail is the number one choice at Harvard and the Collegeboard, the makers of the SAT, have dabbled from this text as well. Ancient Philosophy ranks high…Just remember there is no good or bad text there just is.
Of the surveyed colleges, in descending order the most popular are: The Republic, Leviathan, The Prince, Clash of Civilizations, The elements of Style, Ethics, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Democracy in America, The communist Manifesto, and Politics. While these words of wisdom may define us, it is the direction of education undertaken that will shape the later life. In the ACT.org annual Report, they state that grades k-8 is more important to the educational development than high school is. Thus, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid may be of as much value as The Iliad. Ill close with a line from Plato’s Republic “It is the task of the enlightened not only to ascend to learning and to see the good but to be willing to descend again to those prisoners and to share their troubles and their honors, whether they are worth having or not. And this they must do, even with the prospect of death.”