by Sir Francis Bacon
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Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
- Audie Cornish
This interview from NPR's All Things Considered, hosted by Audie Cornish, discusses a recent study’s findings that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.Pair “Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Social Success” with “Of Studies” and ask students to compare the central ideas of each text. How does Cornish’s study support Bacon’s ideas? What do the texts agree or disagree on? Why?
Allegory of the Cave
- 380 B.C.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a piece of philosophy explaining the importance of knowledge in society and for the human soul.Pair “Allegory of the Cave” with “Of Studies” and ask students to compare the purpose of each text. Does Plato’s text add to Bacon’s argument? Why or why not? If Plato and Sir Francis Bacon could have a conversation about education, what would they say?
Burning a Book
- William Stafford
William Stafford’s poem “Burning a Book” considers the act of book burning in a new light, emphasizing the greater importance of combating ignorance and sharing ideas.Pair “Burning a Book” with “Of Studies” and ask students to discuss how Sir Francis Bacon would view the dystopia featured in the poem. What about it would be most disturbing to Bacon? Would he agree with Stafford? Why or why not? What role does reading play in education? Students should use evidence from each text to support their answers.