Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

THE cur­rent de­bate over the lack of English Lit­er­a­ture be­ing taught in schools leaves me very wor­ried for sev­eral rea­sons.

If the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum does not in­clude such sub­jects, then stu­dents will not learn nor un­der­stand the ba­sic skills of writ­ing and pro­nun­ci­a­tion.

The many past au­thors – Shake­speare, Ten­nyson, Mil­ton, Thoreau, Owen, Co­leridge, Twain, Stein­beck, Pat­ter­son, Law­son and thou­sands more, not to men­tion mod­ern au­thors – have all pro­vided me the en­joy­ment of the poet and sto­ry­teller, that has as­sisted my un­der­stand­ing of writ­ing and cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion.

With­out these skills I prob­a­bly would not even be able to pen this edit. I have writ­ten ar­ti­cles of my own and have penned po­etry that has also been pub­lished.

Yes, the com­puter age has given us spell-check for the less ed­u­cated, but un­less the stu­dent has a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of phras­ing words to­gether, even the com­puter will not un­der­stand these hi­ero­glyphs. I am not a math­e­ma­ti­cian, nor a sci­ence en­thu­si­ast, but I do not ig­nore their needs to me as I go about my life.

Churchill wrote of books: read them, peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the very first line that ar­rests the eye, make a voy­age of dis­cov­ery, ar­range them in your hands, if they can­not be your friends let them be your ac­quain­tance and if they can­not en­ter your cir­cle of life, do not deny them at least a nod of recog­ni­tion.

My own li­brary is of over 1000 vol­umes of many au­thors, top­ics and in­struc­tion.

As a Jus­tice of the Peace I meet many peo­ple ev­ery day at a num­ber of sign­ing cen­tres, home and other lo­ca­tions.

It be­hoves me to see the lack of lit­er­ary knowl­edge of the gen­eral pub­lic in their own quest to write a sim­ple doc­u­ment as a Statu­tory Dec­la­ra­tion or Af­fi­davit.

It is not just their lack of un­der­stand­ing of piec­ing words to­gether but also the atro­cious spell­ing and lack of pro­nun­ci­a­tion. One may think that it is the gen­eral pub­lic who are af­flicted by this sim­ple lack of un­der­stand­ing of ba­sic English, but un­for­tu­nately it can be found among the many doc­u­ments pro­duced from many busi­nesses, cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

If the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum re­duces its course of study by ex­clud­ing English Lit­er­a­ture, then it will pay heav­ily in the fu­ture of ig­no­rant and un­e­d­u­cated masses, which is, of course, the di­rec­tion that the so­cial­ist gov­ern­ments are en­deav­our­ing to do, as they will have com­plete con­trol over the un-think­ing man. TER­RANCE WE­STON Se­cret Harbour Si­mon Hann took this photo of a blue­bot­tle at Shoal­wa­ter beach af­ter the storm on the week­end.

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