English Teachers Announce Book Reading Is Overrated, Claim It’s Time To ‘Decenter’ Reading And Essays
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) published a position statement on Tuesday that has decided reading books and writing essays is overrated and that it’s time to “decenter” those traditional activities.
The new emphasis focused on the need to increase focus on digital media and popular culture.
“Students should examine how digital media and popular culture are completely intermingled with language, literature, and writing. The time has come to decenter book reading and essay writing as the pinnacles of English language arts education,” the statement read.
The statement also claimed its position was needed to help “address inequalities” regarding digital technologies.
“To address inequalities in digital technologies and competencies, continuing curricular innovation in the ELA curriculum at all levels of K–12 education is needed,” the statement noted.
Reading and writing are now apparently insufficient for the public education of students in language arts.