Dissecting Our Literature

March 6, 2012

“PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot – BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR” – Mark Twain, front matter to Huckleberry Finn

I came across this quote and it affirms some of my thoughts about the Language Arts program and the dissection of books that my children read.  I would align in LA but for this reason “no”.  For the sake of determining “comprehension”  we bit the crap out of books.

As an adult and specifically I ask those of you who love to read – do you analyze and break down all of the components of the books you read or do you enjoy and let them take you away?  If we want to create life long readers – why do we do this in our schools?  I can understand for the sake of writing but why so early when they are only getting into the skill of reading.  Why not let them enjoy?

All beautiful creations and art – including great literature happens naturally through creative minds.  I think we would have better literature by some of those great creative people if we did not label them and turn them off at such an early age.


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