Joel Stein Has Become One of My Heroes…

…due to his column (appropriately named “The Awesome Column” ) in TIME Magazine’s Dec. 10, 2012, issue.

In his piece, Stein takes issue with the trend toward eliminating much fiction from American schools’ English classes by 2014, when an initiative known as Common Core Standards will likely take effect.  All public schools are urged to “comply,” and other types of schools are also discussing the value of such a shift.

Stein certainly spoke for me when he wrote the following:  “Sure, some nonfiction is beautifully written, …, but no nonfiction writer can teach you how to use language like William Faulkner or James Joyce can.  Fiction also teaches you how to tell a story, which is how we express and remember nearly everything. … School isn’t merely training for work; it’s training to communicate throughout our lives.”

See what you make of Stein’s piece. 

All I know is that, should a big-government, mass-market approach to learning fall into place across both our red and blue states, I’ll be as upset as I first was and always am when I read that “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.”






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