This morning in our classroom we were prompted to write about how we, as writers and prospective teachers, can help others to see the value in a public education.
My immediate response was, “Oh shoot, I don’t think I even had an inkling of the value of public schools until I took a college class on it! How am I supposed to take that and translate it for my friends, family, roommates, and acquaintances that have no interest in the field of education?”
In the education program here at Colorado State University, a big emphasis has been put on the institution of the public school in a Democracy. If we are to live in a nation where the general public is going to have a hand in making policy decisions, then it stands to reason that that public ought to be educated. They ought to be able to parse through the slew of information and make decisions based on the information they have.
So here I sit, thinking, “how do we get most of our information?”
I see my generation getting immense amounts of information on policy and politic, and the world at large, via social media. For my parents their media outlet was mostly news broadcasts on T.V. Before that there was the radio and News Papers. But all of these things have one thing in common.
They all rely on various amounts of literacy to be effective.
Unless you understand the conventions of the English language, you will have a difficult time absorbing, understanding, and thinking about the information that is presented in and about our democracy. So, I guess that’s where I would start. Public education is important because it teaches us to listen and to read and to argue and to learn.
I know that doesn’t necessarily answer the question. But its a start.