In Frank Bruni’s article, College’s Priceless value, Bruni seems to be questioning what he learned in college and how does that relate to having a real job in the work force. He says, “I’m not sure where “Lear” fits into work force needs.” He talks about how reading King Lear in college had actually changed his outlook on many different things. Bruni gives examples of people who think that some college classes will not be useful in the future.
One thing that really stuck out to me was when Bruni said, “college isn’t just about making better engineers but about making better citizens”. I would have to completely agree with Bruni’s statement. We are required to take general education classes that may seem useless but we still learn new skills that we will be able to use in our future. For example, reading King Lear in our class. We could argue that reading Shakespeare is outdated and we should not read it, or we could argue that we should read it because not only does it help us improve our skills, but there are lessons that we learn from reading the novel. We learn about the morality, power, and what happens when these topics are present or absent.
Not only are we reading Shakespeare for the content, we are reading it to put our critical thinking and analysis skills to the test. So much has changed since Shakespeare wrote King Lear. Many people may just blow through the novel just because they have to, but they are not gaining any skills. Yes, Shakespeare is boring, but by practicing our analysis and critical thinking skills we are preparing ourselves for the future. Many of us will go into different professions, but we will all be able to use our analysis skills that we learned trying to understand King Lear.