Where have all the $.15 words gone?
Posted by lpearle on 18 June 2007
So, what are the implications for schools and libraries? Are we turning into the Japanese, who have problems reading texts published years ago because the vocabulary isn’t there? I’ve already noticed that many of my Middle School students will not look at books like Anne of Green Gables or Little Women or Hans Brinker because they’re “too difficult” (at an age well past that when I was reading those books). I know English teachers that won’t touch Huck Finn or Wuthering Heights because of the use of “accent writing”.