Literacy And Intellectualism In Wendell Berry's In Defense Of Literacy

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Literacy and Intellectualism “In Defense of Literacy,” written by Wendell Berry was the topic of this discussion in his own essay of whether or not people are really and truly educated or literate. He acknowledges this in his essay by first acknowledging that while many people do go to school and continue their education in this country, people who are supposed to be well-educated have writing skills which are really not that good. Some points which are noteworthy are such as even some people who teach English are not even that good at the subject either in regards to reading or writing. They are not completely literate even though they are trying to teach others to be. People are just doing enough to get by in college, in order to earn…show more content…
As people who are trying to study, there are too many subjects when students are in school to truly become experts in one area. We seem to believe that we already know English so we do not strive to learn anything else. We are ruined by society to strengthen what we think we already know about literacy. I think about literacy and writing and consider how lazy we have become when it comes to communicating with others. We often use slang or even emojis or emoticons in everyday communication through text messages, social media, or even emails, have a weak vocabulary, and our means of communication is more informal and less thought out. I admit to doing this and not trying to read or write about topics that are more in depth to try to improve my literacy. In response to Gerald Graff’s article about “Hidden Intellectualism,” he discusses street smarts and that often people are educated through what they learn in their environment. In many ways people are intelligent but this knowledge rarely goes unacknowledged in formal schooling. In this way, people are intellectual but are more able to apply what they know to what they have picked up about life or topics through various scenarios in their lives rather than through

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