A colleague proposed an interesting question to me today. I didn’t ask, but I’m assuming it’s okay to pose it here:
Is it possible for graphic texts to replace traditional texts in classrooms?
Is this something we — educators, literacy instructors, English teachers, academics, citizens, or whomever you are — would want to see?
On one hand, I see a huge push for leaning more toward visual learning styles. How many graphic organizers have you been asked (or even forced) to use as formative assessment in the last few years? How great would it be if YouTube were more accessible within the school building as an instructional tool? How many of us see student engagement *click* in response to art and images in ways that texts often fail to accomplish? Given the bombardment of imagery via television and internet media and its predictable growth via handheld telecommunication devices, we definitely need to consider how students are taught to read and analyze images as texts. As culture changes, so must classrooms …
On another hand, how awful would it be to replace a rich literary tradition with occasionally-watered down versions of classics — or to completely disregard classic literature altogether? Batman is great, but Huck Finn can’t be disregarded.
And then there is this.
If I lived in Maryland, King might be the only Democrat I’ve never voted for.
But back to that original question … thoughts?