ERIC Number: ED174945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Reading: May the Force Return to Us!
Whaley, Charles R.
Storytellers from the time of the cave dwellers to the invention of radio entertained and passed along family and cultural heritage. With the invention of radio, a listener was no longer required to face the source of the voice or to maintain eye contact with the story teller. With television, there are sounds without speakers, voices without value, and the imaginative discourse between speaker and listeners has been banished by the hardsell hypnosis of life's literal electronic translations through a tube. The changes in communication have diminished the opportunities for young people to develop a love of reading not only because television has led an audience away from print but because reading in school is taking on many of the same characteristics of fleshless, mechanistic, hypnotic communication that typify the generally declining human relationship of speaker and listener, hence writer and reader. Two ways to rebuild the expressive and motivating force of the oral language tradition that once nourished the love of reading are to revive storytelling and stress the language experience approach. They both capitalize on the essential urges of pupils to associate, communicate, and relate experience and self to others. (TJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: Essay prepared at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte