Jenny M.

asked • 10/29/19

Fahrenheit 451 Question


“Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord” (p. 87). What kind of education is necessary to create citizens who recognize “quality of information,” take

“leisure to digest it,” and “carry out actions based on what we learn from the first two?” (p. 84) How

might this relate to our current educational system??

Have 3 quotes as evidence

Connie Y.

This problem of "quality of information" and "leisure to digest it" has existed for centuries in one form or another. Remember that Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the 1950's which was about the same time as the Red Scare--a lot of hype with little evidence. Credible and reliable resource for reporting "truth" or "quality of information" is even more of a challenge these days with information bombarding us 24/7 and from far more sources than just print and television as in the 50's. What my school district is doing is teaching students of all ages to discern before they read: who wrote it, what is the author's perspective, why was it written, where was it written, and is it reliable? After reading, they are to corroborate that information from other reliable sources. In short, we're teaching critical thinking skills for them to question what they read no matter where they read it. I think this is a far better education than I received in "the old days" where I thought everything I read was "the truth." Questioning and challenging are cornerstones to a "good" education that will help our students grow up to "carry out (wise) actions based on what they learn."


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