No writer was more attuned to the conflation of energy and election in the classroom than Muriel Spark. Her fictional creation Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher of intensity if ever there was one, is filled with contempt for what she calls "this educational factory" that is the Marcia Blaine School for Girls. She sees herself as "a leaven in the lump." A poster on the walls depicts a gray Stanley Baldwin, Britain’s longstanding Conservative leader, with the caption "Safety First." But "safety does not come first," Brodie tells her girls. "Goodness, Truth and Beauty come first." Art and philosophy are the most sacred subjects, the highest calling; science is the lowest, the stuff of jobs and Bunsen burners.
Monday, May 14, 2018
… The Erotic Professor - The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)