Friday, April 8, 2011

The Brontë Sisters

These sisters wrote at a time when women were not really accepted as writers. Today, many boys and girls take their education for granted. Many fall victim to the claim of "senioritis", and have really disengaged from school work by this time of year, even though there are 6 weeks left. Do they realize that writing matters? What do you think?
One expert states,

Many young people come to university able to summarize the events in a news story or write a personal response to a play. . . . But they have considerable trouble with what has come to be called critical literacy: framing an argument or taking someone else's argument apart [and] synthesizing different points of view. . . . The authors of the [writing] crisis reports got tremendously distressed about students' difficulties with such tasks, but it's important to remember that, traditionally, such abilities have only been developed in an elite: in priests, scholars, or a leisure class. Ours is the first society in history to expect so many of its people to be able to perform these very sophisticated literacy activities."

Mike Rose,
Lives on the Boundary

Other sources: Sheils, M. "Why Johnny Can't Write." Newsweek, Dec. 8, 1975, pp. 58-63.

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