Literacy and Me

Famed Sci-fi writer and philosopher, Ursula LeGuin, who now in her 80s has written an excellent collection of essays, No Time To Spare, writes the following:

“Since our betrayed public schools can no longer teach much history and reading, people may find everyone and everything before about 25 years ago unimaginably remote and incomprehendingly different from themselves. They defend their discomfort by dismissing people before their time as simple, quaint, naieve, etc. …something has indeed changed.”

(p. 116 No Time to Spare, “Lying It All Away.”

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Author: Rae Reads

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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