Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cultural Literacies

I pride myself on being an avid reader, I always have been and I probably always will be. However, I will admit that I wouldn't describe the books I read as "diverse" or even "culturious." After reading E.D. Hirsch's excerpt, I found myself questioning whether or not that played a role in my ability to learn and be knowledgeable. I do agree that knowledge builds upon itself, and those who have knowledge (especially in specific areas) are able to more quickly grasp new concepts and ideas. I see that all around me in classes. Take Economics for example; never in my life had I taken any course that related to economics, yet as a business major I am required to take it. Needless to say, I struggled, I mean reallyyyyy struggled, especially first semester of Econ 211. I sat next to a boy who had taken econ in high school and he had no problems with the class. I barely passed, but moving on into Econ 212, it was soooo much easier! And it was because I already knew the general concepts. (I know that was a bit of a rabbit trail so back to the point) E.D. Hirsch definitely captured my attention in his statements correlating knowledge and reading. After watching the videos, I realized that I honestly know nothing about the culture I am about to enter. I saw the importance of knowing and understanding different customs and traditions, and I feel after finishing this blog, I will probably google French culture and see what I can understand before I leave in three weeks. Understanding cultures builds knowledge, and knowledge is power. I have been given a gift in the opportunity to study abroad, and I intend to make the most of it...and it can all start by being "culturious."


  1. You might find helpful this video on French Culture (Ministry) from CLAM alum Beverly: