Monday, June 28, 2010

What is Educational Literacy About Anyway

The comments of Poultry aimed at authors he has not bothered to read are typical of an out of touch elitist clique. A typical complaint is that people stop reading after school is finnished. This is because our educational system run by hardened left idiots like Bill Ayers place zero emphasis on making reading fun.

There is an elitist arrogance that says reading must be drab and provoke idiotic discussions. For
example a commonly assigned book is Upton Sinclare's the Jungle. I read this while working in a brutal sweatshop shortly before I became an Officer. It was my way of protesting the working conditions. I was not at that employer very long and told them to keep their check rather than cross a picket line. It was a moment in time where even though I did not have another job lined up, the principle of safe working conditions was more important than a check.

Of course people like the Duck have a bias towards mediocre hacks like the author of the Jungle as it is written by a fellow commie. The book while important in a historical sense is not one that
would inspire people to read for the love of reading like Roberts, Michner or Wouk. Maybe, the day has come where educators need to consider installing a love of reading first.

Of course far left commie types would have fewer chances to abuse and indoctrinate their students, so placing enjoyment first will not happen. Actually, I would like to see historical fiction
books accompanied by notes of historians. The version of The Jungle I acquired had notes from a professor before and after. I am thinking of how much more enjoyable reading Last of the Mohicans would be in a similar format that likely exists.

4 comments:

Always On Watch said...

In recent years, educational literacy has moved away from the classics and to works which excoriate Western culture and/or promote moral relativism. I don't call such a movement "literacy."

Ducky's here said...

Beak, you are such a stitch and a liar to boot. If you remember I mentioned reading Kenneth Roberts in junior high.
I have also read Michner and tried to get through Uris but he's not much of a writer.

It's common with types like yourself and Beamish that whenever your preferences are challenged on a substantive basis you retreat like children to the assumption that your opponent hasn't read the book in question.

I did read the Jungle on my own in high school. I enjoyed it but it was no masterpiece.

It's comic the way Beak automatically projects his stereotypes. I can't believe a man who would subject people to late period Renoir much cares about quality. H cares about feel good stuff, not the world.

Warren said...

Many moons ago....

When I was in grade school and high school, the better history and government teachers would assign students to read classical historical fiction to coincide with their classes.

beamish said...

Ducky,

It's common with types like yourself and Beamish that whenever your preferences are challenged on a substantive basis you retreat like children to the assumption that your opponent hasn't read the book in question.

Actually if your leftism wasn't so lethal to your potential for someday developing reading comprehension skills, you would state my position accurately, which is that an honest discussion with you would begin with you admitting that you're an imbecile.

That said, you've never "challenged my preferences" much less challenged anyone else's.

Try not to get confused tying your shoes in the morning.