When you love learning, there are things you remember: the first time you became consumingly curious, the first time you wondered and tried to find out. You probably remember a teacher, too, who seemed to know things that you didn’t, who had the skill to blaze a trail for you, but not so obviously that you didn’t have to diligently hunt out the path yourself and walk it.
You remember wrestling with a text, peeling back its layers, trying to find what the inmost heart was. You remember realizing, as you read, that you could follow the author’s mind; then, on second or third reading, you realized what he himself must have been reading just before he wrote.
You remember the sense of being let in to a building: somewhere beautiful, full of the weight of years; a place where culture and nature seemed to be united, where everything was connected, where every object had a story, an implication.
You remember the feeling that everything was a palimpsest.
In his indictment of contemporary credentialist education, Joseph Keegin calls for a return to that kind of humanistic learning—wherever it can be found. And he makes a surprising recommendation for where it might best be nurtured. Read his “Toward the Renewal of Humanistic Education in America” here.
And then . . . keep reading.
What to Read Next
- Keegin, “Wisdom That Is Woe” at The Point
- C.S. Lewis, “On Learning in Wartime”
- Zena Hitz, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life
- A.G. Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
- Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture