Flannery O'Connor on teaching fiction

Ours is the first age in history which has asked the child what he would tolerate learning, but that is a part of the problem with which I am not equipped to deal. The devil of Educationism that possesses us is the kind that can be cast out only by prayer and fasting.
Flannery O'Connor, "Fiction Is a Subject with a HistoryIt Should Be Taught That Way," 1963.

You can (and should) read the whole thing here. Stumbled upon on the occasion of re-reading A Good Man Is Hard to Find for the May book group at our terrific neighborhood public library.

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