I finally finished The Social Contract about a day or two after my last post. And all I really care to say about the book at this point is, “So long, Jean-Jacques.” I struggle with understanding Newsweek’s decision to place this book on their meta-list, but at least that puts me in good company. Many people have taken issue with titles on that list. You really can’t please all of the people all of the time, and I’m okay with that.
Anyway, I’ve since moved on to George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and so far I’m really enjoying the book. Unfortunately, I’m unable to keep up with the pace I originally set for myself because I have so much HOMEWORK to do. Yes, you read correctly, I have homework. I started classes on Monday; to be more specific, I started courses for teacher certification. It’s an intensive program for folks like me who don’t have an educatio degree but want to teach. The program is completely in roughly seven months, at the end of which I should be ready to take my final certification exams to get my Professional Educator’s Certification. The courses are set up in modules, and currently I’m enrolled in courses is classroom management and education technology…plus I get to start doing observations in area schools. Exciting!
Not only that, but I have my job which is going very well. I’m still learning the ropes, but I think I’ve settled into a good routine, and I genuinely like the people I work with. That is always a bonus; no one likes working in a place where you can’t get along with colleagues. The folks I work with are very friendly and supportive, always willing to help out a newbie like me.
Mr. Rousseau, I’m afraid that if The Social Contract doesn’t pick up for me soon I may have to break up with you. I find my general distaste for this book a bit odd because I’m one of those people who enjoys the study of history and politics. In fact, when I was contemplating majors many moons ago I considered majoring in political science or history. Thankfully I did not waste my time; literature will always be my passion.
I’m not trying to diss Monsieur Rousseau: I mean, The Social Contract is hailed as one of Rousseau’s premier works. But man oh man, is it ever D-R-Y. It reads like some of the stuff I had to read in Literary Criticism class…and some of that was downright painful. These scholar-authors/philosophers go through the rigorous process of presenting their theses and giving support to back up their claims, but they also need to define ALL their terms in a very methodical way and engage in discourse that, at times, I find taxing. And occasionally mind-numbing. Except for you, Mr. Addison. I have a special place for you and The Spectator in my heart, and it isn’t just because I wrote a totally kick-ass paper about you.
Anyway, back to Rousseau: yeah, I’m not really digging this one. I am, however, committed to finishing the book; and finish it I will, even if it kills me.
In the meantime, I get to prep for starting MY NEW JOB on Monday. I’ll have more details on that after I get settled in there. Oh, and there’s the matter of choosing the next book for my reading. I figure I’d set up the poll now rather than wait till I’m done with The Social Contract. At least it will give me something to look forward to–and provide some motivation to finish.