constant conversations

Brandt’s essay made me think back to my own k-12 schooling and experiences learning to write. I remember clearly the system my kindergarten & 1st grade teacher used to teach us new words we’d eventually be able to read in sentences – we’d start off with red, then graduate to orange, then eventually the end of the rainbow. (I used to be really proud that she ran out of words for me before the end of the unit and ended up adding spanish words instead). I remember later being asked “how old were you when you learned to read?” but never the same question about writing.

Writing was always taught formulaically, a book review or later maybe a five paragraph essay all easy to master with the right conventions – topic sentence here and conclusion there.

I think Brandt’s point that “mass writing is given less ethical and moral value than mass reading” is really interesting. I think because reading is so quantifiable and objective – you read something or you don’t, and you read x many books a year – it’s easier to measure in terms of value. Yet we ingest so much more information on a daily basis today than ever before I wonder how school curriculums will adapt. I remember my english classes in high school being so focused on comprehension of classic books (and sparknotes saving my grades), and I agree with Brandt that something seems to be shifting the relationship between writing and reading. thanks to technology we’re constantly in conversations with not only our peers but strangers in the world. I can’t help but think that my initial education didn’t really prepare me for these constant conversations (didn’t intend to name drop but i really like that Passion Pit song…), but then again we need to learn to walk before we can run, so who knows.