A Lifelong Love of Literature
Suggested by Barbara H:
I am paraphrasing from a friend’s Facebook wall her question:
“How would a teen-age boy who is going to work with his hands ever use Literature of England in his work?”
The age-old “How am I going to use this in real life?” question. How would you answer it?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
While I am terribly guilty of supporting a well rounded education for everyone, I think that there are certain things, like AP Calculus, that certain people, like me, won’t need, down the road. Ever. Literature, however, I think is different. The study of patterns, social structure, threads of subverting dominant paradigms and other life affirming themes inherent in movies, comics and the regular flow of every day life, are things that I have always loved in literature.
Of course, I’m a reader, writer, mother and educator and I find these silly “lit” classes to stand out in my mind, looking back. I will say, though, that I think I loved those classes because I saw the patterns and loved talking about them as a reflection, once I got to class, rather than the other way around.
The process of learning how to read and speak and otherwise communicate in a complex manner, is also something that “they” say our children and youth are dropping by the wayside and something that will, eventually, ruin society. I don’t know if all of that is true but I will say that if I have the option of two mechanics and one wants to talk about Dancing with the Stars at a kindergarten level where the other would prefer to talk about Neruda and Rilke, I bet you can guess which one I’d shell out for.