Booking through Thursday asks us today:
“How would a teen-age boy who is going to work with his hands ever use Literature of England in his work? The age-old How am I going to use this in real life? question."
Immediately, I snap sarcastically: because of the state proficiency exams, Race to the Top, and because the ivory tower legislators say so. Shudder, this shows how jaded I became the last few years I worked in education.
Backing up, here are some nicer answers:
|Max & Galileo|
- just as practicing basketball improves your skills, reading more helps you read better (this is the stock answer used with kids who love sports.)
- while working, no matter what field, ideas and imagination gleaned from reading remain in your mind to think about during the "ho-hum" part of the job
- you can come up with a creative name for a pet, meet Galileo 8 weeks old.
- your job and the paycheck isn't the only thing that'll be important in your life, you don't know where you'll be in ten years. People often change careers.
What reasons would you give for learning "this 'n that"?