Skip to comments.What is literacy in the 21st century?
Posted on 10/10/2013 4:45:09 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
[Summary: The Education Establishment likes to pretend that new digital options mean kids dont need traditional skills. That is a non-sequitur and probably dishonest. ]
A new development in education is deciding what literacy should be in the 21st century.
With a swirl of technological breakthroughs all around us, elite educators are gaga at the plethora of excuses for pooh-poohing subjects routinely taught in the dark age known as the 20th century.
The National Council of Teachers of English recently announced: Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy.
These people give good sophistry. Presto, literacy can now be defined any way they want. When these Teachers of English get through, its a safe bet they wont spend as much time teaching English.
The NCTE states: [S]uccessful participants in this 21st century global society must: develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology; build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose [sic] and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought; design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes; manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information; create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts; attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.
A bunch of school teachers presented the NCTEs thinking in a video titled What Does It Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century? They concluded: [N]ew media in a technological world is shaping the lives of youth and that as a result, redefining the literacy skills that will be necessary for youth to be able to function successfully in the world they are growing up in. The latter implies... that the how, what and why of teaching literacy must also change.....
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
You seem to be here only for the sole purpose of promoting yourself:
Is that literacy?
Literacy in the New Age is largely confined to knowing the difference between Angelina Jolie and Sigourney Weaver.
Dr Jamie McKenzie who is (I think) at USC once said; “Educators like to jump on all sorts of technology bandwagons and ride them over a cliff.”
For further reading get the book
“Getting it wrong from the beginning” by Kieran Egan
"I was, like -- and she was, like -- and he, well -- I'm like -- literally! I was so -- and she's like -- I couldn't believe it!!"
It went on in that vein for quite a while. Pretty darn amazing. I weep for my country.
Better question: what is literacy?
The left has defined it as minimal reading and writing. They are stupid, reductionistic, and wrong.
No, it’s quite on topic.
Students exactly like this woman will be doing impressive work with websites, blogs, digital stuff of all kinds. And the digital razzle-dazzle will be used to conceal the fact that the students have not achieved basic literacy.
What 'em say?
Oh stewardess, I speak jive.
Literacy in the 21st century: being able to navigate iphone, and text 10 wpm.
elite educators are gaga at the plethora of excuses for pooh-poohing...??????
Adjectives, adverbs, and action verbs miraculously convey explicit meanings more effectively than onomatopoeia.
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