Russell Coker <russell(a)coker.com.au> wrote:
On Tue, 20 Nov 2012, "Trent W. Buck"
English lit, now that is a subject that's
pure child-minding. Should go
back to teaching rhetoric and grammar.
The subject "English" should be about blogging, email, twitter, SMS, and
writing technical documents - with probably about that order of importance.
Reading literature is valuable; so is essay writing for anyone who studies the
humanities/social sciences. (Even in the natural sciences, beyond a certain
point one has to be able to write papers/theses/dissertations).
> > If we are going to maintain the illusion that school is teaching
> > skills that are relevant to work then we should be able to have
> > schools implement practices that work in a commercial environment.
> So... how to spend all day on facebook while pretending to use word?
> They cover that in the "IT" classes.
That's laughable indeed.
I think there's an important role for serious school education intended to
prepare people for rigorous academic study at university.