I know the subject of student literacy comes up often (and is a sore spot for many on MC), but here's an excellent column from Michael Skube in the Washington Post:
What are your thoughts?We were talking informally in class not long ago, 17 college sophomores and I, and on a whim I asked who some of their favorite writers are. The question hung in uneasy silence. At length, a voice in the rear hesitantly volunteered the name of . . . Dan Brown.
No other names were offered.
The author of "The DaVinci Code" was not just the best writer they could think of; he was the only writer they could think of.
In our better private universities and flagship state schools today, it's hard to find a student who graduated from high school with much lower than a 3.5 GPA, and not uncommon to find students whose GPAs were 4.0 or higher. They somehow got these suspect grades without having read much. Or if they did read, they've given it up. And it shows -- in their writing and even in their conversation.
For that matter, who were your favorite authors when you were in school as well as today?
Student MiceChatters please chime in. I'd love to discover that things aren't as dismal as Mr. Skube says--although I'm afraid they are.