Jessica Christy Klayton Kendall English 121 7 September 2015 A Better Understanding In the essay ‘Disliking Books” Gerald Graff claims that he has an “advantage teaching literature”. That advantage is attributed to the fact he felt animosity and fear towards books growing up. He didn’t understand what he was to say about these books that never related to him. Or why he was supposed to say these things. Understanding the confusion about these things and knowing that there is more than one way to get to the goal, loving and understanding literature, is the true reason that Graff has an advantage as a literature teacher.
Defend What Is Important; Literacy Undoubtedly, we all had a tangled history with education as we strive to become erudite, but often practicality's nature interrupted our chances of becoming literate. Somewhere along the path of education we miss to intercept some content with the concept and begins to pervert from a discipline of language along with literature. Furthermore, being literate has become a mere ornament as the author Wendell Berry describes "In Defense of Literacy". Berry suggests that it is an absurd idea of that we must defend literacy, but he claims that it is a great necessity. In order for a student to become a literate at something, initially a student must become the teacher of the subject.
Not only do these great works lay the groundwork for our future generation, but they also serve to diversify students’ writing and analysis skills. Toni Morrison effectively analyzed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, covering different perspectives and ways to interpret the novel that displays a higher level understanding of a “challenging” text. Good writing and analysis skills are crucial for a variety of different tasks students will have to perform beyond school. Additionally, challenging literature offers a great opportunity for students to learn about censorship. As many books read in schools today are being censored, any opportunity for students to directly learn more about the issue is beneficial.
Ethical Question It is very interesting how professionalism has been pictured in the arts of work in the history. Professional code of conduct has been a topic under question especially when it comes to the youths and the teen age. This topic circulates around questions on aspects including how teachers are trained, how history is presented, and how storybooks for both middle and high school are written. Teens of the school going age are usually very critical about the materials presented to them. Some despise a lot of would be knowledgeable materials based on how they are presented to them.
The purpose of education is to improve our thinking which can lead to success. Defining modern schooling and its effectiveness proves to be quite controversial. Based on how the unsatisfactory system is run and the claim that it produces immaturity causes people to start questioning if mandatory schooling is really necessary to achieve an education. School determines the type of education a student is allowed to receive based on their social class meaning that the upper class may have access to better books and programs while the poor can not. John Taylor Gatto stated in his essay, "Against School," that the American education system adopted its concept from the Prussian system; one idea that instilled separating and educating students based on
Some argue that this new technology promotes short attention spans and lack of appreciation for the historical arts (Source E). Without the correct guidance, this statement may hold true for some students, but if teachers recognize that technology, like anything else, must be monitored and used only in proper context, that danger disappears. Technology can even be blended with traditional learning in order to maximize efficiency. Students could be asked to read a work of classic literature such as Shakespeare and later be asked to post on an online discussion board about their interpretations and reading experiences. In the end, students will learn more through technology because it provides a setting in which they are able to understand and relate to the information.
The educational system offers a multitude of subjects and topics that may or may not benefit a student later in life. However, to be specific, a topic that can have a strong benefit, but has also seemed to decline in the level of importance is rhetoric. Rhetoric acts as the backbone to a well formulated persuasive argument, which emphasizes rhetorics true value. Rhetoric should be highly valued by being taught more in today’s high schools because rhetoric is an ancient tool and because rhetoric is everywhere, there is no way to escape the concept. One of the most unique qualities in which rhetoric has become familiar with is that rhetoric has been around and has been constantly used for hundreds of years.
If we do not fully understand myth, legend, and folklore, we couldn 't understand some literature today. Myth, legend, and folklore are the backbone of literature from children 's stories to adult literature. To understand them, we must study them and keep them alive as they offer many life lessons about morality and ethics, and they offer explanations for situations we can 't explain. Without myth, legend, and folklore, we would be an uncultured
Literature has a great deal to offer when it comes to discovering more about the unexplored nature of the world. Whether this is in a historical context or the context of our present lives, literature functions to spread the knowledge and ideas of others. Our generation, including the students that surround me, often take for granted many of the ideas that guide our lifestyles. This could include the importance put on education, or the idea that a democracy is the most appropriate form of government for our society. However, at some point, these ideas needed to be questioned and debated before they became part of present culture.
Books can create portals to different life experiences and encourage reading. A few schools and libraries have challenged the educational value of some books, however, therefore leading them to eventually be prohibited in a particular place. Each reason may be different depending on the book and the location of the exclusions. Books are icons of literature and their value should outshine the occasionally offensive topic. Be that as it may, there are multiple reasons why books should be taught and included in a curriculum.
Geoffrey Sirc wrote “The Autobiography of Malcolm X as a Basic Writing Text” to convey to his students and all students of literature that this book “teaches the importance of passion and strength of character” that these are “essential attributes to growth as a writer.” This journal article reaffirms the reason why all students should be required to read the book and Sirc states that autobiography allows the student to develop a deeper understanding of how to be inquisitive when confronted with stereotypes or ignorance. The affirmation comes in the form of a quote from Malcolm X in the epilogue of the book “People don’t realize how a man’s life can be changed by one book” (X and Haley 400) and the impact that statement would have on future
In this short period, English teachers should be allowed to teach the curriculum they see fit for their students. They are only so influential and ought to have the right to pick and instruct the students on materials they deem important with the little time they have. They must teach to their best ability and get students to reach their full potential. Teachers can manage this if they choose what to instruct and how to instruct it. High school English teachers should be permitted to pick the texts given to their students rather than following a set curriculum
In recent years, there has been an increase in researching and finding solutions to bridge the gap between students from diverse cultural backgrounds. These research and findings can be found in several sources such as Innovative Voices in Education by Eileen Gale Kugler, Educating Immigrant Students in the 21st Century by Xue Lan Rong and Judith Preissle, and Culturally Responsive Teaching by Geneva Gay. Although the Reading and Writing Center’s main purpose is to help students effectively with reading and writing assignments by helping with grammar, mechanics, structure or content, tutors cannot help these students if they are not culturally sensitive. Tutors must be culturally sensitive when helping students because it forms a connection between the student and the tutor; therefore, this makes each individual session more effective. There are several cultural issues that tutors should be aware, which include oral english
This idea of knowledge and improvement held a lot of weight in the hearts and minds of leaders during this time. They fought to improve their situations and to challenge the traditional institutions. These values embody the Enlightenment attitude and behaviors, and understandably, as those leaders were forming a new government; those values would naturally translate into the idea of spreading knowledge to citizens through public education. People then, as they do today, had conflicting ideas of what “progress” of the nation was to be, and how educating its citizens should look. Each of the educational supporters discussed in Chapter Three by Urban and Wagoner (2014) had a slightly different vision of in the role schooling was to play, but all agreed that public education was necessary to maintain the newly created and fragile republic.
Dewey and Adams’ writings are about to different things, but in some aspects they both share similarities. Dewey writes about the pros and cons of traditional and progressive teaching, not taking a personal stance on either. Adams on the other hand talks about how public schools is the greatest savior of the immigrant district, and that without school the immigrants would face trouble with the law and family matters in the future. What Dewey and Adams both agree is that education is most important for the youth. After reading Dewey’s writing I believe that traditional and progressive education can be beneficial but only at a certain age.