What does Charlie think of the students and the professors on May 15 ?

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Having undergone experimental neurosurgery, the mentally-challenged Charlie is now capable of reading so quickly that he is given his own room at the college library so he will not draw the curiosity of the other students. In his diary entry of May 15, Charlie finds himself now capable of very high-level thinking, and in his eagerness to exercise his mind and communicate his new ideas. He notes that as he has acquired more knowledge,

I've moved up to another plateau, and now the streams of various disciplines seem to be closer to each other as if they flow from a single source.

However, he notices that when he hears the students at Beekman College discussing history, politics, and religion, they seem to be at such an elementary level that they do not apprehend the connections of various studies. So, he is eager to talk with an economics professor about the possibility of the blacklisting supported by senators and reinforcement of the navicert controls of World War I, the professor hesitates and then replies that such a discussion is outside his area of specialization; excusing himself, he hurries off to a class. Likewise, when Charlie wishes to talk to the another professor, he finds this instructor limited in expertise as well. Interestingly, in his criticism of the professors, Charlie unwittlngly becomes an advocate of a liberal education, for this is what he has afforded himself through his diverse readings.

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Flowers for Algernon

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