pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET on sun 22 apr 12
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kathy Forer"
> On Apr 22, 2012, at 8:07 AM, James Freeman wrote:
>> It frustrates me to no end when I think of all the books I should have
>> read, but didn't, yet I know people who actually say with pride that the=
>> haven't read a book since graduation from school.
> I had the interesting experience of not enjoying reading until after high
> school and college. Far too much force-feeding. Theoretically good
> comprehension, I just wasn't always interested, except for the rare book
> or poem.
From my entire time from Grammar School through High School, I can recall
m-a-y-b-e, three, or four other Children/kids/young-people, who bothered
their own or who had any interest or follow-through to do so...or who were
even interested in anything at all, TO do so.
I am sure there were more, but I doubt very many more.
I gather that in the Colonial era of the North American settlement by
Europeans, and, up through the time of the so called Civil War...practical
literacy during childhood was vastly more common, than it came to be with
the advent of compulsory 'education'.
> Reading became substantive and relevant when it was no longer assigned.
...even as it may have been substantiative and relevent all along, had it
never been 'assigned'...
> I was able to find my own pace and rhythm. I think those who don't read
> after school just don't discover pleasure in reading.
Let alone, everything else which had got 'negative charge' put into it or
some operative or Pavlovian conditioning, preventing or thwarting or
derailing or high-jacking it...
> Many people say the internet has ruined literacy. Yet more and more peopl=
> are reading and consuming media than ever before. They may be finding
> their own ways of doing it, that aren't always conventional or proper, bu=
> people are reading and writing, looking listening creating. We need to
> ensure this extraordinary web of deBabel is kept free and open to all.
There are many kinds of Literacy...and the kinds I liked best, have
diminished and waned, independently of the presense of, and people's access
to, 'The Internet'.
They were pretty well gone by the time I was born, and have continued to
> Kathy Forer
> claypit creek