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  1. Introduction
  2. Difference between European and American college students
  3. The development of science in addition to Americans' nature of being open to new ideas
  4. Conclusion
  5. Work cited

In ?The Closing of the American Mind?, Allan Bloom argued about what he believes is the failure of contemporary American universities and colleges. The very first thing he mentioned in his book was that ?almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative? (Bloom 25). He argues the education system is to blame for this. ?Relativism is necessary to openness; and this is the virtue, the only virtue, which all primary education for more than fifty years has dedicated itself to inculcating? (Bloom 26). Bloom believes this openness that our education system has created within its students is the root for relativism and postmodernism and in the book he tries to argue against it. In my opinion, Bloom is right that the goal of education should not be to provide students with openness. But I don't think his whole argument in this book about universities and colleges failing at teaching students what they need to know are totally just. Are we students really going to school just to obtain this so called ?virtue?? I believe the education we are hoping to achieve is one that gives us objective knowledge and truth.

[...] When you can choose between something easy and something more difficult, the human mind tends to lean toward the easy thing. That is why we need will, determination and a hunger for truth. I believe once a person has such virtues, he will be able to learn and gain knowledge no matter what education system or where he is. The problem here is: how would one be able to have such virtues? Would it be just the luck since birth, something you must have been born with or you will never be able to have it? [...]


[...] A review of The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom In Closing of the American Allan Bloom argued about what he believes is the failure of contemporary American universities and colleges. The very first thing he mentioned in his book was that ?almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative? (Bloom 25). He argues the education system is to blame for this. ?Relativism is necessary to openness; and this is the virtue, the only virtue, which all primary education for more than fifty years has dedicated itself to inculcating? (Bloom 26). [...]


[...] And the difficulty level of the courses is generally higher than courses that students would normally take at an average American high school. But that does not mean American student do not have any chance in taking high-level courses. They have a chance to. What they are lacking is the will to do it. And will is not something that should be forced on students, and people in general. I find the education system in the United States very interesting, encouraging but also difficult at the same time. Sometimes things are easier to do when you have to do it. [...]

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