Traditions and Values of Western Culture Essay

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Traditions and Values of Western Culture missing works cited History is a part of everyone's lives. We exist today because of our history. People who lived before our time fought for the rights that many individuals take for granted. Especially for an individual to appreciate life, one must be fully aware of the past, so one could truly appreciate their existence today and the freedom they have. So when the question arises on whether or not "Colleges and universities serve to pass on to students the great traditions and values of Western culture?" Without any doubt the answer should be absolutely yes. If someone answered no, the person should be considered ignorant and maybe they would think twice if all rights were stripped away…show more content…
He continues to summarize the life of others, and how they immigrated to our society and how they simulated to our culture. The one experience all these individuals shared was their inspiration to better themselves and to receive some type of an education. His main objective when he introduced a variety of people's life stories was to propose the idea of literacy and culture. "Education is one culture embracing another"(107). We have an extremely diverse culture in our country. People enter our country with their own heritage which can not be taken away but they must be willing to learn the culture of the new country where they live. Rose says that "This painful but generative mix of language and story can result in clash and dislocation in our communities, but it also gives rise to new speech, new stories, and once we appreciate the richness of it, new invitations to literacy"(107). The literature of the past helps to explain our history. These works expand on the ideas of great thinkers that came before us. The literature allows us to have insights on the experiences and lives of the people who lived before our time. Rose places an importance on the canonical orientation because this will allow many people to read the "Great Books." By reading these books, a person will experience the life and viewpoints of the authors. Rose addresses the idea that a canonical orientation narrows initial focus from learning to what needs to be learned. He believes
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