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A head-shaker

On Monday night, our university welcomed as a guest speaker Conor Grennan, author of the spellbinding and inspiring book Little Princes. As I was entering the building where he was going to speak, I thought I had lost contact with time and space and had somehow slipped into an episode of Beavis and Butthead.

I was following a bunch of (I’m assuming) freshman guys—all very young looking, all wearing baseball caps (no two of which were pointed in the same direction). One of them asked one of his buddies what he thought of Little Princes. I hope the reply was dripping with irony:

“ I don’t read, like, books.”


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Sep. 28th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I had a student like that when I was teaching SAT prep. I told him the easiest, fastest way to learn vocab, grammar and syntax was to read for pleasure. He blinked blankly at me for a second and then asked, "Does facebook count?" No, kid. No it does not. I finally convinced him to actually read the articles in his Rolling Stones, not just the captions for the photos. It's not Keats, but it's a start. It scares me that teenagers will spend hours on social media sites and watching TV but won't pick up a book.
Sep. 29th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
On the flip side, I can't count the number of students I've worked with who probably are better-read than I am.
Sep. 29th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh my.
Sep. 29th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I honestly could not believe what I'd heard.
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
After reading your post, I delighted to find Lord Voldemort commenting on a similar vein today.

"@lord_voldemort7: If you complain that reading is boring you should go sit in the corner? Learn what boring really means, failure."
Sep. 29th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Excellent point from his lordship.
Sep. 29th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I have no words for that one.
Sep. 29th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
That was pretty much the way I felt when I heard it.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Vomit. Everywhere.
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, but how do you really feel?

You've been kind of quiet on LJ, Sam. I hope all is well, or as well as it can be in the beautiful Lpool.

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