The New Education

I’m not joking when I say this: maybe we need to incorporate what’s in this cartoon into our classes.

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Maybe we can bring this celebrity worship into our classes. Fahrenheit 451 is a quick example where this (frightening) hero worship could be commented upon; maybe the “breads and circuses” of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar could be another literary work to tie in.

I don’t believe bringing in celebrity magazines is the way to go, but I do think the consequences of such idle idol worship is a part of numerous pieces of literature I teach; besides those mentioned above, I could suggest The Great Gatsby, The Red Badge of Courage, The Princess Bride, and more.

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Side note: I once had kids complain about all the “dead, old white guys” we learn about, so I conducted a lesson a couple days later where the students had to compile a list of writers, leaders, and other famous people of their time. Wouldn’t you know that their lists were basically full of old, white guys? Even though their lists weren’t 100% old, white guys, the majority of the lists were comprised of them. Notable exceptions were musicians, Hillary Clinton, and J.K. Rowling. This led right into a discussion about fame and celebrity. It was quite a remarkable discussion.

Cartoon source material here.

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One thought on “The New Education

  1. Ira Creasman

    I like to make a parallel between celebrities and the deities of mythology. Media coverage of some of these characters (the real live ones) presents the foibles of celebrities as being as outrageous as some of the stuff Zeus and his contemporaries got up to.

    -Ira

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