Using short cuts, my students confess to avoiding reading texts line by line. Instead, they take advantage of summaries, skimming, and gathering information from classmates. They admit that during high school these techniques garnered above average grades. When I first experienced this culture of expecting above average grades with partial effort, I responded with exasperation, by changing reading material, and by giving frequent reading quizzes. These techniques have led to full reading to a certain extent, but I question the approach because it feels like I’m playing police in a losing battle on reading. How can I intervene in other ways?
by Zakes Mda
There’s something so uncannily timely about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that it’s almost disturbing. In the UK over the past few weeks, there’s been a palpable sense that the dominant reality system is juddering, that things are starting to give. There’s an awakening from hedonic depressive slumber, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is not merely in tune with that, it’s amplifying it. Explosion in the heart of the commodity? Yes, and fire causes more fire …
Suddenly, it feels a lot like 1984—not the iconic 1984 of Orwell’s dystopia, but the 1984 in which Margaret Atwood composed The Handmaid’s Tale.