LISTEN TO CHURCHILL
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.