Literacy, Post MA areas of interest

Literacy and consent

Year 4 Telferscot Primary School children at Southbank Centre Cultural Campus Spring 2011. Photo: M. Cannon

More provocative pause for thought from Mr. Rosen:

“language is owned and controlled by everybody and what we do with it seems to be governed by various kinds of consent, operating through the social groups of our lives … so Gwynne, I suspect will have immense amounts of fun and satisfaction telling people what is ‘right’. People attending his classes will feel immensely pleased that they have been told what’s right and will probably spend a good deal of time telling other people they meet or read where and how they are wrong. This is not a neutral activity. It is part of how a certain caste of people have staked a claim over literacy. In effect, they state over and over again that literacy belongs to them.”

Taken from here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/02/no-correct-grammar-martin-gwynne

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