B. S. Lewis 's Writing On Combat And Correct The Educational Institution Of England

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As a 20th-century writer, C. S. Lewis responded to a variety of contemporary issues that he saw and experienced. Lewis used his writing to combat and correct the educational shifts and standards of his modern England, making him a problem solver; in The Abolition of Man, he claims that England 's education system has created "men without chests," and he calls for sentimentality and values to be re-instilled by offering the Tao as the solution.

Before Lewis can correct a problem in society, he must first identify the issue, it’s origin, and why it is detrimental for humanity. During Lewis’ time, the educational institutions of England had adopted the technique of simply pointing out what was false and “cutting down jungles” rather than assisting and inspiring students to develop a genuine love of learning. In other words, modern educators would tell their students that a particular piece of literature is poorly written, yet they would never truly explain why the piece is subpar. This problematic method did not begin with The Green Book that The Abolition of Man addresses; Lewis believed the shift began during the 1830s when the Industrial Revolution began to sweep the world. The Industrial Revolution’s new intelligentsia was assumed to only cause progression by many, yet Lewis saw something highly regressive about the idea of scientific and technological laws and discoveries reigning without the emotions of the arts (Heck 26). This newfound approach to learning caused the…

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