If you have not yet seen the brilliant, yet simple April Fools joke NPR played on its ‘readers,’ you have to check it out.
As I read this article, I could not help but think of my students. How often do we squirm with frustration at the lack of attention paid to a set of instructions? How often do our students react too quickly to something they see on a page, just to write or type something way off base? I’m led to believe that we’re in the midst of a bit of crisis in our modern society. Have we sped up the pace of life too much that people aren’t even taking the time to ensure they are representing themselves in a positive light?
I will certainly be showing this article to my students sometime in the near future. I think it’s important to remind them that their words matter. Language matters. Reading matters.