“Reading” is a more fractured experience than ever before. Simply put, there are different types, different means and different levels to it. And unfortunately, in our schools we are mistakenly conjoining conversations about reading things such as Les Miserables in with reading twitter, with reading the lifestyle page of the USA Today, with reading an email and with reading GQ magazine… as if reading is reading is reading.
And it’s not.
There are different types which require different styles and different skills because they have different objectives.
Moreover, the conversation many people in education are having about reading right now strikes me as if we are all-too-often talking about apples and oranges, almost as an agumentative tool. One person will salute the literacy skills requisite to reading the Huffinton Post and another will take umbrage with the comment on behalf of reading Crime and Punishment. Another speaks thoughtfully about the benefits of reading Ayn Rand and someone else will counter with the detriment that reading txt messaging is doing to student writing in the classroom.
Reading is fractured. Our conversation is not. This schism is giving me schisms.
Is it time for the implementation of a new reading lexicon?