English Is Not A Dead Rat
And Why English Should Not Be Taught In School
by RYAN VIGUERIE
In 9th grade I took biology.
I hated it.
But one week Mr. Beetly announced we were going to dissect dead rats.
And my dissection partner was going to be Liz Schumacher.
Now biology was interesting.
Every day Liz and I cut up the rat, we removed pieces of the rat, and we learned the names for the pieces.
I really loved that dead rat. He taught me so much about anatomy, myself, life, death…
Liz, on the other hand… well, I guess she didn’t find the situation so romantic…[/text_block]
15 YEARS LATER
And suddenly, it was the story of the dead rat all over again.
They gave us the language.
We cut it up.
We learned the names of the pieces.
And then we taught students how to do the same.
But this time, there was a final step:
Put the pieces back into the rat and tell the rat to jump off the table and run back to the sewar.
In other words, our students had to use the language. To speak. And to speak fluently.
Well, that usually didn’t work so well.[/text_block]
ENGLISH SHOULD NOT BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL
You have a math class and a history class and a science class.
And then you go to English class.
And you use the same methods to learn English as you did to learn math and science.
And that’s the problem.
English is not an academic subject.
It’s not something you need to study and take apart and analyze.
Instead, it’s something you need to DO.
When I was in school we had all our academic subjects – science, math, etc. – during school.
Then after school we did activities, like sports or music.
Now imagine this:
What if instead of dissecting English for years in a boring, stressful classroom…
Instead you spent those years doing English after school?
Speaking, listening, reading, having fun…
Where would your English be today?