Thoughts on the Readings
Wow! What a great idea and what great reasonings! These three articles I thought were a great read. In the "Introduction to the First Edition," I liked the fact that cultural literacy falls between the specialized and generalized. This way it's not too basic, and also not too difficult. Also, it's good that they are not including ideas and events from hundreds of years, and instead are using about a 15 year period.
In the second reading, "The Theory Behind the Dictionary: Cultural Literacy and Education," they also had some great reasoning for their ideas. I liked their whole explanation of someone may know how to read, but until they fully understand the whole background of what they're reading, they are not getting anything from the reading. The reader and the author are not "communicating." They also explain why reading ability is measured in how well a person can understand diverse kinds of writing on numerous subjects. I feel that they could not be anymore correct. How is someone supposed to learn if they only know a lot of, let's say, a couple subjects. They aren't going to learn as much unless they know "a lot" of many subjects.
Finally, in the "Preface," I'm glad they explained why they hope that the book will continue to be helpful to Americans of all ages and background. Not all countries are going to have the same views on what subjects are as important. That's why the German's, Dutch, and Swedish all have their own version of the book. I enjoyed reading all of the three articles, and it's nice knowing people are working to solve such problems as cultural literacy.