The Myth Of The Classically Educated Elite

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A classical education became idealised during the rise of the middle class. Naomi Kanakia notes that as the middle class grew and fought with each other for positions of authority, they began buying into the notion that a classical education, like the elites had, was necessary to rise above their station. They attended lectures and bought significant book collections, but, in reality, their knowledge was “shallow, ill-informed, and incomplete”. And yet, for some reason, we reflect on that period as a “golden age of cultural literacy.” Read full article here

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