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Losing Our Language: How Multiculturalism Undermines Our Children's Ability to Read, Write and Reason

 

Losing Our Language: How Multiculturalism Undermines Our Children's Ability to Read, Write and Reason

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Publisher: Encounter Books

Author: Sandra Stotsky

List Price: $16.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Christina McDonald

 
Ever wondered why the literacy of American children continues to decline, and why the achievement gap between our children and those in foreign countries steadily increases?

While the educational experts continue to shift the blame to poor teaching, low budgeting, and large class sizes, Sandra Stotsky addresses the evolution of what American children actually read, compared over a thirty-year study. A critical analysis of the impact of pressure groups on educational publications also reminds parents that literacy is not limited merely to academics; rather, it includes cultural and verbal integration as well.

Stotsky notes the significant change from the classical tales like Arabian Nights to the more politically and ethically correct stories that now serve as learning tools for young readers. Some of the information in her study consists of social goals vs. academic goals in reading curriculum, the overall depreciation of the English language, and how multiculturalism has affected these events.

In her concluding remarks, Stotsky illustrates that moral autonomy, individualism, self-reliance, competitiveness, initiative, and personal responsibility are American principles that have been eradicated from young children's books in order to favor a more diverse ethical and political message through reading. Stotsky suggests that a return to the traditional adventures, fantasies, and poetry will ignite the imaginations of our technologically adept children, causing them to no longer retain the growing literary ineptitude.

For the teacher or upper-level student, this book provides suggestions to deal with critical issues in education. It is a good read for anyone interested in the degradation of education in America.
 
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Christina McDonald
Christina McDonald is a freshman at Sam Houston State University, majoring in English. She felt called to the mission field in China when she was 11, and hopes to continue that dream upon graduation.
 
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