Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 25, 2005

University Opposes Books for the Masses

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:59 am

Ball State University’s has a program for incoming students called Freshman Connections. According to their website,

About 4000 students form small communities in which they hear the same concepts and ideas in multiple courses, help one another during their daily routines, attend cultural events together, and more easily link their social activities to goals of the curriculum.

This program also includes a required-reading book and an on-campus lecture by the author. The book is Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

According to an article by Brett Mock in FrontPage Magazine,

Schlosser argues that it is the free market that causes problems in the food industry and that only far more intrusive government regulation than already exists will make the food industry productive and moral. In his book, Schlosser condemns Wal-Mart and Costco because they buy books in mass quantities, which allows them to sell at a lower price (though his own book is evidently sold on their shelves).

In other words, Ball State is requiring freshman to read a book which argues that it’s a bad thing that poor people can afford to buy books.

Is this really what a university supported by the taxpayers — including poor people who pay sales tax on books — should be requiring?

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