We Can Do It
"Yet all around them a rich literature exists, extraordinary books to be taught to younger minds" -William M. Chace The Decline of the English Department
First of all, I have to say that I respect anyone out there who decided to follow their dream of becoming a journalist or author. I have somewhat more comfort in knowing that I will have a teaching certificate along with my English degree when I graduate. I have always wanted to be an author and a teacher, but I don't think I could ever have just focused on writing. I need more stability and options, which is why I respect those of you who decided to defy what society deems difficult and follow your dreams.
Chace said that part of the decline of the English department is in fact their fault. I think all of us English lovers out there need to do what we can individually as well as in a group. My plan is to become an elementary teacher and show kids just how special reading can be. I believe one problem with kids not enjoying reading is that they can't find the right book. There is a right book out there for everyone and I am determined to help all my future students find it. Reading and writing is a vital part of every subject. In fact, I just wrote a research paper on how literature can be used to teach math lessons. The research proved that the kids loved reading about characters solving math problems rather than copying notes off a board. I think the English department needs to get role models and government involved as well. This may have already been done, but I think mature celebrities and maybe even the president should advertise the importance of reading in television ads and so forth. It seems as though teachers and the education programs do a fairly decent job of stressing the importance of reading in schools, but not outside of school. If we got the community involved (the president and other high profile figures), it might show kids that reading is just as important outside of school as it is inside of school.