Sunday, March 18, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Serious Reading Edition

From this post on Tablet,
“If you consider reading simply a pastime, stop reading. Watch movies: They are less demanding on your schedule, tend to have considerably more nudity, and are generally easier to bring up in conversation. Let the faculties of your mind previously dedicated to parsing text commit themselves instead to better, more needful uses, like mastering Angry Birds. Let reading go gently into the good night and take its place alongside archery and woodcarving in the pantheon of pastimes past, previously popular and currently the domain of the few and the carefully trained.
“But if you’re serious about reading—or, for that matter, about your education—see to it attentively. Revisit Homer and read your way through human history. Don’t stop until you hit Kafka. Or, better yet, don’t stop until you see the entire vista of our culture spread before you and feel yourself every bit a part of it.
Liel Leibovitz may spend too much time reading to know Angry Birds is passe; the young'uns tell me that Fruit Ninja is the new time waster of choice. (It speaks poorly of our culture that Fruit Ninja might be passe before I finish writing this post.)He may also overstate his case, but that hyperbole may be necessary to get people's attention.  Reading the classics is an essential part of education even if pop culture wants us to think otherwise.

(HT Core Knowledge Blog)

2 comments:

D.E. Bishop said...

That's a very good article. I worked for 3 seasons in the post-NCLB years, scoring tests for a well-known business in MN which scores tests from across the nation. We had to score the way the company and state had directed us. Some of it was so unfair to the students!! Just stupid stuff.

All the testing is really a big bucks boondoggle. And what better way to prove that public schools don't work than to set them up for failure?

It's all pretty sickening because they are doing all this crap to our children. But they, ultra-conservatives/fundamentalists/1%/Repubs/etc, don't really care about our children. They care about their lust for money and power. Ugly.

yanktonirishred said...

I read for escape, for enjoyment and yes for knowledge but I don't think you have to

"Revisit Homer and read your way through human history. Don’t stop until you hit Kafka. Or, better yet, don’t stop until you see the entire vista of our culture spread before you and feel yourself every bit a part of it."

quite frankly I don't want to be bored during my reading and many of the "classics" and many of the must read books bore me. I understand them just fine, I just don't find them enjoyable reading.

I would rather have people reading for a past time than not reading at all.

I just couldn't disagree with the writer more.

Shane