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Time for a Great Quote: Flannery O’Connor on Our Tastes Being Formed

25 Mar

Mary Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American writer and essayist.
“The high school English teacher will be Screenshot 2016-02-10 05.46.59 fulfilling his responsibility if he furnishes the student a guided opportunity, through the best writing of the past, to come, in time, to an understanding of the best writing of the present. He will teach literature, not social studies or little lessons in democracy or the customs of many lands.

“And if the student finds that this is not to his taste? Well, that is regrettable. Most regrettable. His taste should not be consulted; it is being formed.”

(from Flannery O’Connor’s “Total Effect and the Eighth Grade,” published in The Georgia Bulletin in 1963, reprinted in Mystery and Manners)

Are you allowing God the Holy Spirit to form your tastes?

 

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