Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Defining literacy down: Do your kids read books?

R. Albert Mohler Jr. of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has written Defining literacy down: Do your kids read books?. It appeared today in the Florida Baptist Witness. Mohler has an interesting argument that information literacy is perhaps misguided because it does not encourage reading.

Mohler wrote, "Other reports indicate similar patterns. Young people are adept at using the Internet and they are avid consumers and users of electronic media in all forms. They will watch a DVD rather than read a book-even the book upon which the film is based. Those who share Thomas Washington's lament risk being dismissed as cranks and antiquarians. After all, it is a new age and the kids have figured it out. Who needs books? Who needs to read? Librarians and secular educators have ample reason for concern, but Christians must look at this reality with an even greater concern."

From the site:

Every generation worries about the next-and usually with good reason. Here is another reason for worry about today's adolescents and young adults-they don't read. That is a generalization, of course. But the generalization seems to be holding true.

Thomas Washington, librarian at a Washington, DC area private school, recently contributed a "lament" to The Washington Post. The kids are privileged and have no problem of access to books, but they do not read.

1 comment:

DBQ Hams said...

I read Mohler's thoughts on his a few weeks ago and blogged about it as well. While I think it makes for a good discussion, it's an incredible narrow argument. The danger is that faculty believe this as what IL is. And see our scope and content as a small piece of what we can and should be doing.

Here's the link to some of my thoughts as well: http://researchquest.blogspot.com/2007/01/shortsighted-and-nave.html#links

Thanks and keep it up.
Paul