Wednesday, February 23, 2005
For days I have been wondering why Jesuit High School does not have a creative writing course. ASnd today I had a converstaion with one of the instructors here at Jesuit on theis particular topic. Why don't we have a creative writing course is it because creative writing is not as valued in our society as analytical essays. The closest thing we have to a creative writing cource is Cantos which has declined in popularity in it's past two years. I had a converstion with Christopher Bakke today following my converstation with the instructor (who will remain anyonymous for later reasons) and he said following the disadster in the previous year he was unable to restart the once popular and fun published writing. The teacher I spoke with said, "God forbid we should change the way we do things, because we do it so well." Because Jesuit has earned the prestige of a college prepitory school do we not want to risk that image with something so simple as another academic cource. An A in a creative writing class is just as much an A as in regular English. Wouldn't colleges want someone with a personality and a creative style to add to their community or has society shaped our culture so much that the only acceptable people are those that abhear to the strictest rules and educational standards. Are we so blind to not see that creative writing is just as much of a artistic form as art and poetry. As Chris Bakke said to me today, so far the majority of submissions to Cantos have been poetry and art, no writing--which is the thing that Cantos was originaly created for.