By the time a student enters college, he or she must have attained a degree of literacy that demonstrates preparation for the rigors of post secondary academic study. One of the markers of this preparation is the list of books that have been read. I have noticed that few undergraduate students are fully prepared for the reading, writing, and critical thinking requirements of their first few years of college work. To help rectify this problem, I offer my list of the books that all Americans should read before entering college. If you are already in college and have not read all of these books, waste no time in getting up to speed.
I have had a number of conversations recently with students that got me to thinking about my profession. Some of these conversations were face-to-face dialogues, others I must admit, were voyeuristic intrusions into students’ conversations before and after class.