Criticism Of Walt Whitman

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(A critic of Walt Whitman’s Pedagogy) Famous writer, C.S. Lewis, one wrote, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts”. He wrote this in 1943 in The Abolition of Man, this work depicts Lewis’s objections and defence of the pedagogy of the time. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Pedagogy as “the art, science, or profession of teaching”(Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In his quote, Lewis makes the point that teachers aren’t meant to destroy the thoughts and processes a student already has, but are to help the student’s mind grow. Instead of Nowadays, it’s common for instructors to demolish original thoughts of students to install the uniform constructs instituted by the instructor. It’s astonishing this happens when extraordinary thinkers have fought against it for over a hundred years. Walt Whitman was one these great writers of the 19th century. Walt Whitman(1819-1892) presents his radical pedagogy in his poems in Leaves of Grass. In When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer(Astronomer) Whitman expresses that individuals learn more by experiencing the topics, than listening to a lecture. The poem depicts the narrator listening to the lecture of an astronomer and learning nothing. In the beginning of Astronomer, Whitman lists visual aids and evidence showing reliability of the facts in the lecture. Whitman then composes, “...When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with /much applause in the lecture room,/How soon
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