Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

Students, reading and writing

Professor Clifford Orwin, who teaches at The University Of Toronto, notes the start of the school year, and uses it to reflect on the students’ inability to both read and write. Nothing that he says should shock and surprise those of us who are in the game of teaching and learning. Yet we must push on, take those students who happen to be in front of us--while never denying the vices they are prone to--point out to them what they must do in order to get into the game of thinking, reading and writing, and reveal to them how they must do it. Some of us our lucky. The vast majority of my students are better, a lot better, than the ones he describes. I don’t find it all that hard to show them how to fall in love with a book, how to, as it were, make love to a book.

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