by Emily Scheie
Posted 8/13/14, 11:42 am
For many undergraduates, the first taste of college-level reading is not Plato or Shakespeare but New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Many colleges assign students, especially incoming freshmen, a “common reading” to complete over the summer and discuss together when they arrive on campus. While colleges aim for stimulating and relevant choices, critics claim the texts tend to advance a liberal agenda and lack college-level difficulty.