Sunday, 12 December 2010

Michael Rosen, champion of youth literacy

From the comments on an article about Literacy in CIF:

CorneliusLysergic

12 December 2010 9:54AM
Just the kids? A friend's 14 year old daughter notes that her RE teacher is unable to spell "atheist".



MichaelRosen

12 December 2010 9:57AM
CorneliusLysergic
Why do you think being able to spell 'atheist' is a mark of anything other than that someone hasn't spelled 'atheist' in the standard way? What makes you think that spelling signifies something anything more significant than itself? It's a complete fallacy.

Labour did just the opposite of one-size-fits-all. They encouraged academies, faith schools and specialist schools.


CorneliusLysergic

12 December 2010 12:42PM

@MichaelRosen 12 December 2010 9:57AM
CorneliusLysergic
Why do you think being able to spell 'atheist' is a mark of anything other than that someone hasn't spelled 'atheist' in the standard way? What makes you think that spelling signifies something anything more significant than itself? It's a complete fallacy.

In Rosen English

Wie du yoo fink been able 2 spel afeist is a marc of anyfink ovver than vat summon hasnt spelt afeeist in ve standrd weigh. Wot make u fink that splink signyfyes anyfink mor signiffikunt van itslf. Its a komplete phallusy.

That's where that goes, Mikey baby.



(Cornelius is Elby btw!)

8 comments:

hatfield girl said...

He can't be the Bear Hunt Rosen, can he? Or the philosopher for that matter?

One of the small HGs' teachers couldn't spell biscuit or surprise or put punctuation anywhere other than randomly. When this was pointed out the school made us feel we were being a bit hard on the small HG expecting her to notice. When another Small pointed out that the spelling of her name under her peg was wrong she was told that it didn't matter as clearly she knew how to spell her own name correctly (sneer). I'm still puzzling over how to answer that one.

lilith said...

I think it is he, HG :-(

A nice riposte might be

"Well, thank you for your time Miss Jones"

"My name is Smith, and it's Mrs"

"Oh, it doesn't matter, does it Miss Jones, because YOU know what your name is."

Electro-Kevin said...

And then every other bugger spells your name wrong and stuff gets sent to someone else.

But that's OK because you know it's your stuff anyway.

God they make me want to blow chunks !

Nice reposte from Elby.

Scrobs... said...

It's a bit of a shame that the teacher wasn't a few years older, because, as Joni Mitchell said in the sixties, 'I don't know who I am, but you know life is for learning...'

If anyone back then had half an idea it was because they'd managed to wake up to find they'd sobered up after three days' sleep!

It was always a great cop-out to keep asking 'who am I', and people like Rosen still like to beat that old fashioned mantra into kids so it seems.

lilith said...

It steams my wee too Kev/Scrobs. Michael Rosen was a bit of a hero around here before I read his tripe on CIF.

T.P.Fuller said...

Seasons greetings to one and all.

lilith said...

And all good wishes of the season to you too Mr Fuller!

T.P.Fuller said...

Dear lilith,
I trust you are enjoying the very seasonal weather, very Christmasy no?
Mother (here from the Indian Summer care-home for Christmas) found my poor sister Alice's Benoît balls in her smalls draw last night and hung them on the tree in the sitting room, just before the Reverend called round for a gin and it.

Thomas