NLA Discussion: Metaphor
Jeanne E Bitterman
jeb59 at columbia.edu
Fri Apr 11 13:03:01 EDT 1997
"Continuing the dialogue"
I too must be counted as one who checks in regularly but has to date
chosen to remain silent. I can't help but contribute a thought on the
metaphor discussion - I found it curious that Quigley's ('97 - Rethinking
Literacy Education) metaphor - of the"militaristic" battle "against
illiteracy" hadn't made it to the list of "prevailing" images.
In my score of years connected to the field I must say
I've seen the metaphor used and subscribed to; this is not to suggest
that I find it a positive popular perspective - but certainly he
is accurate in describing this mentality as one of the many contemporary
currents. Further Quigley is careful to suggest the negative implications
of the battle - the "stamping out the enemy" of illiteracy is quite
suggestive.. When we talk about metaphors we must include all those that
impact on our learners - even those "distorted sociolinguistic
perspectives" that convey images we disparage.
Professor Jeanne Bitterman
Teachers College, Programs in Adult Ed, Columbia University.
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