Letter: Keep literature as a curriculum choice

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I am a student here and I want to express my opinion on the learning framework courses mentioned in the Oct. 4 issue of this newspaper.

I understand the Alamo Colleges wants to shape students into educated professionals by requiring students to take courses that will lay down a strong foundation of learning to build upon.

As adults, after completing the required student development course, students should have the right to decide how they want to strengthen those skills essential to completing college, whether it is through a learning frameworks course or a literature course.

To me, it is like the government passing a law that requires citizens to go workout in a gym; but to fund the law, the government will take tax dollars and limit visits to parks and recreational areas.

Make it a choice, not a need, so the opportunity to become better students and learn to appreciate literature is not taken away.

When students become professionals, they will make those decisions that will decide how well they do in their career.

Give students the right to make responsible decisions with their education.

I finish my opinion with significant dialogue found in “The Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut:

I turned to the Castle elder.

‘Sir, how does a man die when he’s deprived of the consolations of literature?’

‘In one of two ways,’ he said, ‘petrescence of the heart or atrophy of the nervous system.’

J’son Tillmon

Journalism Sophomore


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