The Literate Arts: What is the Purpose?

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Macey Ford
Nicholas Crawford
English 103
10 September 2014
The Literate Arts: What is the Purpose?
As a student I have read several essays, all in different but connecting points of view that explore in depth the diverse ways of education, educating in the literate arts, learning, using the information, and applying it to life. In reading the controversial opinions expressed throughout these essays, the question, “What are the literate arts good for?” has crossed my mind more than a few times. Four authors that elaborate on the concept of determining the purpose of literate arts education are Paolo Freire in The Banking Concept of Education, Mary Louise Pratt in Arts of the Contact Zone, Richard Rodriquez in The Achievement of
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Richard Miller addresses the concept that teaching the literate arts may not be as useful and applicable to students’ lives as many make it seem. He elaborates on the fact that although so much emphasis is put on the importance of making students use strategically critical ways of interpreting what they read, it will not protect them from the real world (423). Miller’s theory challenges Pratt’s in a way. Miller implies the unimportance of the literate arts in the future lives of students in the sense that literate arts cannot attend to the issues in our culture, while Pratt stresses the importance of the literate arts in that learning to use them in a self-reflective way can improve one’s ability to confront the issues in our culture, and confronting the real world may be largely considered a problem of the real world in and of itself. Although all four of the authors mentioned previously have valid points, my opinion in relationship to theirs takes quite a leap. Freire’s essay is the one I could relate to the most seeing that the vast majority of my thirteen years of previous education was based upon the banking concept of education. I agree with Freire’s opinion that the depository way of educating students should be eradicated, however I do not agree that it will have such an abominable impact on the world as he describes it
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