Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Scribner & Cole "Unpackaging Literacy"

What I think that this implies toward schooling is that it is important to learn within a school setting because it may offer other forms of learning. It provides different strategies which may not be found within a social setting. Being in school offers different areas of learning and a person may develop other skills when it comes to problem solving. I think this is important because if a person only knows one form of retaining information it may become difficult when confronted with a new subject to learn. An example that was given is that school provides access to learn the language of politics and economics. It is important for students going into this field to learn English because it will become necessary within their jobs. It seems that the different languages are assigned to different purposes. Each plays its own role among the Vai and depending on what you need or will do may require even a basic understanding of one language.

Schooling is important for certain literacies, but it does not mean that those who scored lower may not be capable of other tasks. They may not be literate when compared to those who do attend school because of the different degrees of understandment they have. It was explained that they were better when it came to discribing things like symbols because of the form of their language. This meant that they may be illiterate in some areas because of no experience, but were literate where they have been trained. I think that it is obvious that anyone who has not learned the skills of a certain area, whether through school or socially, will be illiterate in that area.

1 comment:

SC said...

Wow, Denise, in your first two sentences here, you really hit it on the head. School does provide a sheltered environment where students can practice ways of thought and action without worrying about real-world consequences. It's a cognitive apprenticeship, if done right -- a waste of time, if not.