- Education Reform
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
For more about teaching Frankenstein in the context of Education Reform, see the following blog post, originally published on the WhatEvery1Says website by Abigail Droge under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. WhatEvery1Says is a Mellon-funded public humanities project. Click on a title to read the full post.
Does our current education system tend to produce or prevent Frankensteins? This question has been of central importance to our “Reading with Scientists” class over the past three weeks, and as we close our engagement with Mary Shelley’s novel, I’d like to reflect on some of our key discussions. In the first volume of Frankenstein, a young Victor goes off to University at Ingolstadt to study science. We often think of Frankenstein as a solitary, romanticized hero, tinkering away in a laboratory by himself. And, indeed, as has been well-documented, much of his downfall is due to the way he shuns social relationships with family and friends throughout the process of creating the monster. But to concentrate on Frankenstein’s solitude is also to miss an important aspect of his education: the teachers and academic structures that surround him, and, in many ways, facilitate his grave invention. [Read more…]
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