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Do you think there should be a common book that’s required reading for all KU freshmen?

Response Percent Votes
50% 298
40% 243
I don’t know.
9% 55
Total 596


jehovah_bob 6 years, 2 months ago

I think The Federalist Papers are assigned as a part of Western Civ, which was a required course when i was at KU.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

I think it's required for Liberal Arts & Sciences, but not all schools.

tolawdjk 6 years, 2 months ago

I made it through engineering school without having to take Western Civ.

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, congrats on getting a glorified trade-school degree, without actually having to get a college education.

tolawdjk 6 years, 2 months ago

Your rage is cute. Be sure to leave it at home though when you clock in to BurgerFlipper.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

So is a "college education" just liberal arts? How is engineering not a college education? Is learning about womens studies and french more important than how to build bridges or airplanes?

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

Really? Western Civ is the only class that makes a college education? I could have sworn I've made it all the way through grad school without it, and they never even once asked about it on the GREs.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

Same here - no western civ for me in Engineering. I graduated earlier in the 2000s.

Tonie Barnett Bruns 6 years, 2 months ago

School of Architecture requires Western Civ.

3up3down 6 years, 2 months ago

KU student, "Can I read that on my iPad will I'm driving?"

Armstrong 6 years, 2 months ago

" How to talk to a liberal (if you must)" Ann Coulter

Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

They used to require Western Civilization for all. Wouldn't hurt any of us to read or reread Plato and Aristotle. They still speak to the daily headlines with their universal themes and concerns. For example: "Aristotle considered the city to be a natural community. Moreover, he considered the city to be prior in importance to the family which in turn is prior to the individual, "for the whole must of necessity be prior to the part".[46] He also famously stated that "man is by nature a political animal." Aristotle conceived of politics as being like an organism rather than like a machine, and as a collection of parts none of which can exist without the others. Aristotle's conception of the city is organic, and he is considered one of the first to conceive of the city in this manner.[47]"

Frederic Gutknecht IV 6 years, 2 months ago

What is "social pressure"? It sounds pretty broad. It's a leg all can stand (up)on. Let it stand.

blindrabbit 6 years, 2 months ago

Yes, actually two: Either or both will correct any moronic right-wing conservative thinking!

"What's the Matter With Kansas" by Thomas Frank "The Family and Conservatism" by Jeff Sharett (a Chapter dedicted to Sam Brownback)

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

I was also going to suggest "What's the Matter with Kansas." Sarcastically. That would never fly in this particular political climate.

Realistically, I think it would be a good idea to really read about the history of the state, and it would help people feel grounded to the area to read about Lawrence and its role in that history.

littlexav 6 years, 2 months ago

I disagree. "What's the Matter with Kansas" has an interesting premise and lots of potential, but is written in a smug and whimsical tone that offers no real sense of seriousness or validity. This is compounded by the fact that the authors offer scant evidence or reference to social science, historical, or academic sources to lend weight to their conclusions. I read maybe 30 pages before my conscience begged me to stop. Real Housewives of Atlanta offers more to the intellectual discussion in this country (did you see the episode with the stripper who could... well... you know...?)

labmonkey 6 years, 2 months ago

I would recommend "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edmund Morris. Anyone who has an interest in reading, no matter the subject, will find something they like in this book as TR was one of the most interesting characters in history and Morris is one hell of a writer. Then those who remain interested can read the other two books in Morris' TR trilogy, "Theodore Rex," and "Colonel Roosevelt" on their own time (and if they like Morris and/or Reagan, they can also check out "Dutch").

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

The Happy Man and his Dumptruck (always one of my favorites!)

bevy 6 years, 2 months ago

ROFL Snap! But we are already having trouble getting them to GROW UP.

sigephandy 6 years, 2 months ago

I have worked at universities that do this their freshman classes. They don't read it and it is big waste of time and money.

somedude20 6 years, 2 months ago

"How to Ride a Horse" by Christopher Reeve "Driving Like a Champ" by Billy Martin "Get Up, Stand Up; the Life and Times of Stephen Hawking" "Sexy" by Bea Arthur "?" - Reagan the Later Years "Waiting Until Marriage" by Jenna Jameson

labmonkey 6 years, 2 months ago

"How to Keep Your Cool in the Drive-Thru" by Dion Rayford

hedshrinker 6 years, 2 months ago

Is there some reason that you think it's funny to make fun of people with mobility impairments like Reeve and Hawking?....Hawking who can probably cogitate circles around someone who thinks they're cute making jokes at other people's expense.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 2 months ago

Lady J got it right, maybe even for all grades up on the Hill, get off my back bumper, please

Terry Sexton 6 years, 2 months ago

I agree with babboy & sigephandy. waste of money, distracts from the missions at hand.

kernal 6 years, 2 months ago

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I think everyone should have to take Western Civ and Eastern Civ. After all, one of the things college is supposed to do is teach one to think.

kochmoney 6 years, 2 months ago

Is the key to thinking in that one little class? You couldn't, for example, learn a foreign language, take a different history course, take psychology or sociology, or take comparative religion courses?

Reuben Turner 6 years, 2 months ago

well i be.... I believe the students do enough reading as it is. the books they have to buy right now are too high in price, so why add another. Tuition is high, books is high, and the walk is long; don't add on anything else!!

pace 6 years, 2 months ago

When I was a freshman. Eng 1 had a book called "America through foreign eyes" . Just an awful book. I don't think there needs to be a common tome unless it is "Woe is I".

riverdrifter 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow! This book is the laughingstock of Alaska. I read it and tossed it.

parrothead8 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow! The state that produced Sarah Palin and has a population 1/4 the size of Kansas doesn't like a book. Cool story, bro.

riverdrifter 6 years, 2 months ago

Silverstein? I loved him. In a Swiss village, he drew himself complaining, "I'll give them 15 more minutes, and if nobody yodels, I'm going back to the hotel." -from Wiki

bevy 6 years, 2 months ago

Actually I'm pretty sure that book was directed to high school graduates.

beatrice 6 years, 2 months ago

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Persig

Aiko 6 years, 2 months ago

Great Book! Maybe the best.........

mae 6 years, 2 months ago

Two actually, the bible and the koran need to be read. Even if you don't understand or partake in religion, these books will be like greek and roman bibles eventually and all of them have TONS of references in daily life by educated people.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Selling Out by Mark Green

p105 Former Senator Bill Bradley, 2000 "Today's political campaigns function as collection agencies for broadcasters. You simply transfer money from contributors to television stations. "

p105 Like the designation "cc" (for "carbon copy") on an e-mail screen, "running for office" is an outdated term. Thanks to today's high-cost races, candidates spend very little time running in the traditional sense of the word-mobilizing voters, communicating ideas, debating opponents, attending public meetings. Instead, candidates fund-raise for office. Their time is dominated by the incessant chore of pleading, cajoling, schmoozing for campaign cash.

p106 Because television is by far the most effective means of reaching potential voters, the candidate who wins the battle of the airwaves usually wins the war at the polls. The only way to assure airwave victory is to outspend-and therefore outraise-your opponent.

p106 ... 94 percent of congressional races end in victory for the candidate who outspends his or her opponent.

p107 To get an idea of the scope of this political arms race, consider that in 1972, the year the Federal Election Campaign Act became law, total campaign expenditures by House and Senate candidates was $77 million. Twenty-eight years later, in the 2000 elections, total hard money spending by congressional candidates reported to the Federal Election Commission reached $999 million, an increase of nearly 1200 percent.

p107 ... television advertising ... is, without question, the single largest expense item on the typical campaign balance sheet.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

You need to clean up your copy/pasting so this post make a bit more sense, merrill. BTW, you seem to have forgotten to include a link to the original drivel.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

The American Fascists by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges’s new book examines how Christian dominionists are seeking absolute power and a Christian state. According to Hedges, the movement bears a strong resemblance to the young fascist movements in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and ’30s.

A new book by Chris Hedges called "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America" investigates the highly organized and well-funded "dominionist movement." The book investigates their agenda, examines the movement’s origins and motivations and uncovers its ideological underpinnings.

Hedges is the former New York Times Middle East bureau chief.

billbodiggens 6 years, 2 months ago

One and maybe two: "How to Enroll at Emporia," or "How to Enroll at Hays."

mgcasella 6 years, 1 month ago

I like a lot of these suggestions. However, it's important to remember that, even if it's "required reading", that doesn't mean the students will actually read it.

saladshooter 6 years, 1 month ago

Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States

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