THE NEED FOR CONCEPTUAL ART
Am mired in high school preparations for Michael. With a change: application deadlines and interviews are past. What's going on now is that the hubby and I are the ones going to the two possible high school candidates and
During one of the
1) parents who care and are vigilant over monitoring their child's progress (check!)
2) if the student is a reader.
Got that? Good.
I will say, as regards No. 1, that I had this particular
But let Moi, in such a brief blog post, not get mired in the politicized education controversy -- let me focus again on No. 2. Reading is not just about improving language or learning about literature. Reading is about helping the child conceptualize.
In a pressed-for-funds education world where the focus is on making sure the "basics" are taught, I don't see as much talk about this ability to conceptualize. That's too bad -- when we say education is the key to a (good) future, it's not about making sure one can add; it'd be about, say, the ability to protect a college or retirement fund from inflation or deflation. Relatedly, if we could get beyond being bogged down in how well a student reads, I suspect that there could be a larger role for Poetry in the classroom: honing conceptualization skills. One can certainly better understand the lack of fixity in (known) history, identity, politics, economics, culture and power by recognizing how language comes to be compromise(d).