Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Overlooking the obvious: sometimes we forget the value of language

While attending college four decades ago, I heard a professor say, “The human race is only one generation away from ignorance. It always has been and always will be. If teachers stopped teaching, the next generation would remain in near-total ignorance. Don't kid yourself that they would use the libraries. They'd be more likely to burn the books for heat.” (His words approximately, from my unaided recall.)

In today’s Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), columnist Mary Belk makes a similar point. I recommend the column to you.

The Takeaway: Never apologize for your literacy.

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