Posts tagged Books
What I'm Reading: The Element

I have watched Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity”, several times. As someone who initially started university majoring in elementary education and someone who taught English in a preschool in Korea, perhaps I was pulled in by my experiences but no matter your personal interests, we all have had experiences in schooling as a student and given that the model of education hasn’t much changed in over one hundred years in the United States and Great Britain, I think it’s safe to say there are notable similarities. It’s an industrial effort in which students are churned out to be productive members of society based on, well, production. But the Industrial Revolution has long since passed and, according to Robinson in The Element, the way we educate our children should have kept up with the times.

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What I'm Reading: The Shock of the Fall

In The Shock of the Fall, nineteen-year-old Matthew Homes is a resident of a care center diagnosed with schizophrenia and casually mentions having murdered his older brother Simon ten years earlier - and moves on. My initial reaction was a raised eyebrow. Did I read that correctly? Yes, I did. And no, it is not immediately clarified. But what is clear is the effect of Simon’s death on his family and how each character’s grief came to influence Matthew’s current situation.

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