Saturday, November 10, 2007

Do you know?

That English was only introduced to the University level until the 1890s, and found its way into Oxford and Cambridge.

The study of Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales represented the start of English.

English was important to unite the nation and it was for the middle class as they were thought to have a “peculiarly national character”.

Not only does English cultivate a national spirit, English heals class divisions and makes one feel a sense of belonging to the state, since English is the most honest account of life’s history.

Church and English were closely linked- God is at work in history and literature; through these subjects, one learns about God and receives the education that God intended for them.

Influence of British missionaries in India argued against secularism in Indian education. Hence, English in India acquired “surrogate” function (in place of the Church of England) of disseminating tradition and moral values, which one may say that it is “an instrument of colonial control, discipline and national self-definition”.

After World War I, Henry Newbolt’s report on English education was expected to be one to re-make education and correct mistakes in the past, and needed as a keystone for national education.

Teachers are identified to be key people in this process of unifying of classes.

The link between English and religion remains closely-knitted, since English works by emotion and experience to convey timeless truths.

From Henry Newbolt’s report, English is then envisaged as rising above its conditions of production and reception, transcending time.

+++ why am i writing all this? +++
+++ because i think i am like a Phillistine , i am so not a English teacher who can teach such divinity. God, you be the radical remedy! +++

1 comment:

Gelo said...

That's if we maintain a simplistically instrumentalist and purely communicative model of English and language. But this doesn't accommodate the harsher reality of language as a structuring agent: given whichever authority is in control of language and structures, is it not also this authority that has much control over one's social life?