I could not agree more.
I worked with a Literacy Volunteers organization early on, and we had a batch of training materials we used with new volunteer tutors. I remember one document that had an ink drawing of a head. An arrow going INTO the head was labelled ‘Listening’; a corresponding arrow leaving the head was labelled ‘Speaking’. That was the earliest definition of literacy–you had to be able to receive things aurally, and deliver things orally.
And, of course, we added two more arrows to define modern literacy: reading is what we take in; writing is what we produce.
That image stuck with me. It reminds me that writing requires a balance.
I believe that, to write effectively, you must also read.
The writer Kelly Corrigan (The Middle Place) has a wonderful TEDtalk called “More Reading.” (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kelly+corrigan+ted+talk+reading&FORM=VIRE2#view=detail&mid=81534CAFB74E2645A64581534CAFB74E2645A645 ) In it, she makes a very compelling argument about why we as a society…
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