Friday, October 21, 2005

Literacy lagging behind?

Donnelly, Donnelly, Donnelly!

It seems to me that the more Kevin, and others on the same wavelength, rail against schools, teachers and ENGLISH teaching, the more their arguments seem a caricature of themselves rather than something intelligible and worth any serious consideration. Although that remains the chief challenge - finding a way to intelligently and senstively resist what is generally populist and 'bludgeon' rhetoric.

I have more and more confidence that most people who are interested in schooling, education and young people, give little time to these comings and goings. Most people realise we don't live in the 1960s anymore. Most people know that things are a little more complicated than these pundits continue to make out. The challenge is finding a way to set the terms of the debate rather than always being reactive.

Problem is that 'proactive' news rarely sells newspapers.



At 12:48 am, Blogger Colin and/or Michele said...

What do the students say, Scott, when presented with Kevinspeak?

At 9:56 am, Blogger Scott said...

Hi Colin. More often than not 'Kevinspeak' tends to turn students off. Another adult, another 'deficit' lecture? (ie what's wrong, bad or the problem, rather than good, OK, successful or hopeful)


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