Analysis of Bronwyn T. Williams

April 20, 2018 Young People

Throughout the years each generation has cooked down upon their upcoming peers and declared that there is a literacy crisis in the making, and something must be done immediately. Bronzy explains how and why this assumption is false, and what we can do as a society to encourage, not scare, the next generation “to write in any context , [and] make their language choices with knowledge and power’ (Brown par. 17). Essentially, Boron,yen uses a cause, effect, and solution method to get the idea that this crisis is all in our heads and what we as a society can do to end his perpetual literacy crisis across to the reader.

Brown does not explicitly state what the cause of this so called crisis is. Instead he offers several answers for the reader to form their own as to “why? ” this crisis may be happening. Brown also suggests that this new idea of a literacy crisis amongst our youth is in fact not a crisis at all; just a hysteria that every generation seems to repeat. He puts part of the blame on “media commentators, who know there are always ratings to be had in attacking public education” (par. ).

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Through the use of quotes during the opening paragraph Brown is able to prove that concern about the literacy of the youth is not a cutting edge idea at all, and that “it’s not difficult to look back over the past 150 years and find a constant and consistent level of concern about the abilities of young people to read and write” (par. 2). Brown Williams brings his readers away from the reasons that are commonly used to explain our illiterate youth and offers a sort of transition into the effects of this problem. Brown T.

Williams explains the effects of all the hype about this so called literacy crisis; he claims that “despite a century of perpetual literacy crisis, the economy has grown, adapted, and flourished” (par. 7). Brown puts a chunk of the blame on the middle class. He basically states that it is this class of people that cause much of the hysteria about our kids literacy practices. In the paper Brown tells readers that “you may have noticed that I’ve been using the word conventional rather than correct to describe language use” par 14).


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