- too busy to read sentences
- must condense
- to the point
- only essentials
- no adjectives
- no adverbs
- no phrases
- just facts
Now that kind of writing has spilled over to correspondence we send out of the office or make public. I was directed to write a letter home to parents and students and when I submitted it, I was told there was too much writing!
Half the page was a bulleted list!
I find it highly offensive that in education we are unwilling to expect people to READ!
Initiatives by Bill Gates and other “educational reformers” have the 3 R’s as Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships in a major move away from readin’ (w)ritin’, and ‘rithmatic. The old 3 R’s have been condensed to literacy and numeracy.
I’m just disturbed that in education we don’t read or write anymore. Literacy (readin’ and [w]ritin’) remains as one of the fundamental skills on which we focus; we just don’t practice those skills ourselves!
My Sunday School class, on the other hand, provides plenty of opportunity to read. We are doing a book-study on the Gospel of John and I’m reading five other books to go along with it.
Can you imagine that?! I have more literacy at CHURCH than in my JOB (in education).
The world is really upside down – I wonder which horseman of the apocalypse reading is…?