William Ernest Henley - afterward introducing literature to a supplementary class I question two questions: "Why accomplish we assay it and what can we learn from it?" Now, if you're a moot you'll know that it's not always a mild ride to the complete destination, which is all allocation of the fun, but the reply we usually get to, albeit afterward moot sat-nav switched on, is that through literature, we can visit cultures impossible for us to experience ourselves. From our reading, we can begin to comprehend what it must have been afterward to alive in a particular time, under positive conditions, in rotate parts of the world. But the best bit is that we can accomplish all this even though honing those oh-so-necessary and desired critical-thinking skills.
And that's the point: that the assay of literature in the contemporary classroom is, perhaps, even more relevant today than it has ever been.
William Ernest Henley - So, back up in September afterward the unnamed moot posted that the Alan Bennett monologue A Cream Cracker under the Settee was to be replaced in the curriculum by an episode of Waterloo Road, it's not unimaginable that English teachers stood poised, quills aloft, ready to defend the body of do something that has shaped the advanced world, to the death. Well, to the staffroom and the expression forums at least.
William Ernest Henley - One of the reasons cited for this usurping of a good British classic, in favour of a younger model, was that students just couldn't engage afterward the topic matter. Are they even called cream crackers these days? At a epoch afterward the common hope of those in education, enormously the majority of us, is to prepare pupils for a world that evolves at the keenness of fibre-optics, the role of literature and its importance in equipping our pupils for the cutting edge has never been more apt.
But just what are the bolster to teaching literature to the young person 'uns these days?
From the linguistic perspective, studying unchanging literature from the Western canon (Shakespeare, Dickens, Orwell and hence on) affords students of English the opportunity to understand, analyse and dissect language quite rotate from their own. Structures, trends in punctuation and in the pretension we speak have evolved through the ages and living thing aware of these developments in fact helps us to comprehend better, language in its current context.
If we didn't entry and assay texts from the past, and by yourself looked to the best seller list, how would we know of this evolution? In my experience, pupils' creativity runs rampant afterward they can remix particular structures and styles afterward their own writing to lend authenticity to character, credit and setting.
William Ernest Henley - One of the challenges teachers outlook is the compulsion to edge learners higher than their comfort zones but in do something so, we challenge their thinking and we bolster their confidence to become even more clever in the use of their own language. Or as the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) might say, we're equipping them afterward essential skills for the genuine world.