Unless my time is completely taken with the birth of my son, due in 10 days, I hope to get some not-so-light reading done.
This begins with a somewhat radical view of education in Ivan Illich’s “Deschooling Society”. I don’t know too much about this book, but it seems interesting and related to the way I think. As I’m just starting I’ll leave you with a quote that grabbed my attention and merely ask if you’ve read it and/or what you think.
The quote is from p. 12:
“Most learning happens casually, and even most intentional learning is not the result of programmed instruction. Normal children learn the first language casually, although faster if their parents pay attention to them. Most people who learn a second language well do so as a result of odd circumstances and not of sequential teaching. They go to live with their grandparents, they travel, or they fall in love with a foreigner. Fluency in reading is also more often than not a result of such extracurricular activities. Most people who read widely, and with pleasure, merely believe that they learned to do so in school; when challenged, they easily discard this illusion.”
It seems to fit rather neatly with my literature review on the necessity of teaching reading strategies…. (see Donato and MacCormick, 1994).
Illich, I. (2010). Deschooling Society. London, UK: Marion Boyars.
Donato, R., & MacCormick, D. (1994). A sociocultural perspective on language learning strategies: The role of mediation. The Modern Language Journal, 78(4), 453-464.