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So, yeah, I like the video, but ironically, it's a video that relies upon a rather idealistic and romantic view of literary reading education. This is not to say that it doesn't provide much to consider in terms of teaching with passion and from the heart.
But, it's the text commentary below that video that I'm more interested in noting here. There is something about our attempt to justify literary reading by indicating it's pragmatic social value; in this case the argument, with which I have no complaints, that literary reading teaches critical thinking and by extension is good for society, that isn't enough or should I say clear enough.
Truthfully, literary reading is in many senses a very personal journey and when well-done with the guidance of an expert literary reading educator, an even more enriching personal journey into one's unique places in both the personal and social fabric of understanding.
Exploring one's personal place in the complexities of life through exploring the individual journeys of those fictitious characters in literature who represent the universal diversity of humankind connects the journeys of the many by personalizing them into personal connections for each individual reader.
Perhaps that critical thinking benefit of literary reading works because as individual readers contemplate their own motives and associated behaviors within stories expressing the wide diversity of human motives and their associated behaviors that both include and go beyond those of individual reader,s those readers might well come to understand reasons to revisit and revise their individual care lists.
And, perhaps it is THAT sort of personalization of critical thinking (aka introspection) that provides the potential for great benefit to all.
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