A New Conversation About Literacy

Fast forward a half a millennium or so, and we are still teaching school children how to decode Shakespeare's plays. And while I take no issue with that, I do take umbrage with the amount of attention being paid to decoding 16th century language versus the lack of attention being given, in this country at least, to the decoding of 21st century language. One skill does not necessarily lead to the other, and that's the misconception our educational institutions have been laboring under for quite some time.