Do you feel that you do not have enough knowledge to be thought of as a member of the ‘educated class’?
This document is designed to help anyone, in the quickest possible way, to get the knowledge they need to consider themselves a member of the ‘educated class’.
Since the days of feudalism when there were some people who owned land, and others were serfs who couldn’t read and write, we’ve got a state education system meaning that all children, growing up in England, have to go to school, by law.
What is taught in all schools (what all people must learn, by law), both private schools, and state schools, at the bare minimum, is agreed on by the National Curriculum, which is formulated by the government.
But the education given by the National Curriculum is mostly just skills for working, and doesn’t really give an understanding of how English thought and language has developed, which is generally to be found in developments in literature.
This is the main difference between the minimum education everyone has to have by law, and a more expensive education in a private school, and it is this difference which keeps alive an idea of different classes of people (lower class, middle class, upper middle class, upper class).
But it wouldn’t cost much to change slightly the idea of an education offered by the schools which everyone has to go to by law, so that they include an understanding of the development of English language and thought, which is to be found in developments in literature.
And this idea could help people who have already been to school, but who don’t have an understanding of the development of English language and thought.
The idea is to recommend a certain set of books which if anyone read, would mean they have this understanding of the development of English language and thought.
This general change in thinking, as shown in this literature, is from ‘collective’ thought, to ‘individual’ thought.
Younger students, and people with less time, could be given preparatory introductions to the reading list, including examples of, and excerpts from the reading list.
This idea also has implications in terms of the meaning of being knowledgeable about the origins of your own culture, and your relationship to people from other cultures.
The reading list is: The Iliad, by Homer; The King James version of The Bible; The Koran; The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri; The Complete Works of Shakespeare; The Complete Works of Chaucer; War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy; The Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust; Ulysses, by James Joyce, and the original text for each book may be found to download for free by following this link: http://www.edwardmirza.com/LiteraryClassics
The documentation of how this describes a journey in thought from ‘collective thought’, to ‘individual thought’, is given in the preparatory, and accompanying book: Manual, and Accompanying Document for The Essential Reading List for Becoming a Member of the ‘Educated Class’.
This accompanying and introductory document manual is to be found here: [link]