Sunday, March 24, 2013
This is something that's been on my mind since February - well, actually, longer than that, but the class is helping me see something different in it. While all literacy teaching is ideological, how can anyone learn legal literacy? If you read the news, legalities don't always factor into judicial decisions. And if you watch television, legal literacy is the job of someone advertising that 'if you've been injured, we can get you money'. And don't even start me on things like J. G. Wentworth. I googled that, and found that it is SUCH a ripoff. What does this have to do with literacy? Well, where would anyone go to become legally literate, if they're not becoming a lawyer? Everyone needs legal literacy, but about the only legal literacy anyone teaches in writing if it's not specifically legal, is that the entity providing the text is making it very clear that they are not legally liable for anything that may happen. I have four children, and even though I have no legal training, they still lean on me for legal advice. Am I legally literate? Absolutely not. But our ages give us knowledge that we cannot acquire simply through texts. Everyone sees legalities in life. So this is my 'this has nothing to do with our readings' entry for today. It's actually kind of nice to be able to discuss opinions on literacy that have to do with more than reading and writing, so thank you, Susan.