Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Literacy: Shifts Over Time
Comparing how we use information and reading today versus how they used in the 1600s and on had a sad reflection. Did anyone else feel instantly lazier for seeing such statistics (which are debatable, I suppose) of how literate the colonial community was back then? Now our generation has been pressured to go to school, get an education, learn these skills in order to prosper in the workforce. But wait! That was a phrase my mother would say. In her time as a student, as a young lady she had those expectations drilled into her head. Naturally, she started puncturing me with those tid bits of advice/aggressive parenting over the last few decades. They did have different inclinations, but soon it became a value among the whole culture. It wasn't just a fear by some religious entity anymore. My question here that I'm curious to see some response to is what are the expectations of our student community? What does our parents want us the accomplish and how we achieve those goals? Is being educated, having the ability to read and write well still a strong overcast from when we could walk or has it faded? Do we still appreciate literary content in the same way or differently? I look forward to these rather vague questions. Thank you!