Tutor profile: Kath H.
If I don't want to be a writer, then what is the point of having to write?
The ability to construct a good piece of writing is a skill that will take you far in life. From writing cover letters for job applications to writing applications for grants or research proposals, everyone wants a good writer. However, there are more reasons to get involved with writing than just from a practical perspective. Humans are natural storytellers. We live with thousands of swirling thoughts every day, and it is important to have an outlet for those. Every person has a unique perspective and a story to tell that can be told be no one else. It is my hope that even if none of my students become professional authors, they will be able to develop an appreciation for getting their thoughts out onto paper, and discovering and sharing their voice, even if it is only with themself.
Should books be banned from libraries?
The study of literature is also the study of history, and the study of humanity. Throughout history there have been myriads of terrible ideas that have been promoted by those in power, and in books, we find remnants of those ideas. However, locking up and destroying those books is not the way to combat those ideologies. By educating people about the historical context and harm done by older texts, we become more aware of the story of the world that we live in. As the saying goes, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. This goes as well for getting rid of modern books that an individual librarian or patron may disagree with. While every person has the right to decide what they read, the banning of a book wholesale is never a good idea, as restriction to knowledge always leads down dangerous paths. One of the most important things that one learns in a literature class is how to read and understand a text, and also how to form their own opinions on and challenge what is said in a text.
Why is learning English important to "real life?" When am I ever going to use these skills?
English is one of the most important and versatile subjects taught in schools. We use skills built in an English class every day in day to day life. Being able to write a well conceived email or memo is something that is integral to nearly every position, and being able to read critically and analyze a text is is one of the most important skills we can have as modern people. We are constantly being bombarded with information, both online and off, and it is paramount that we know not only how to read what is being shown to us, but also that we can understand and analyze it, so that we can form our own well thought out opinions.