February 3, 2011

What for?

“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.  
    A carpenter named Jerry surprised himself and his family by going back to school.  His manual skills with his hands helped him master sign language.  He became a pastor to the Deaf for 33 years, my pastor.  Jerry went back to school again for a PhD in counseling.  Now he travels the world interpreting at missions conferences and counsels families while at home.
     What reasons would you give for learning "this 'n that"?

    1 comment:

    Joy Weese Moll said...

    I love the story about Jerry -- thanks for sharing it! Those are some other good answers, too!