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The Beholder's Share and the Problem of Literacy

by Harley Parker - 1974

When the visual logic replaces the aural paralogic--as it has in our culture--direct perception is hindered by a priori assumptions. In downgrading perception, we have too often packed students with knowledge but with too little ability to perceive or to meaningfully relate their knowledge to the world outside. Concepts are built upon concepts without either being built upon perception. This is a dangerous game. Sooner or later the cantilevered extension will become too long, and they will once more find themselves back in the game of perception but with inadequate skills to be successful.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 5, 1974, p. 81-98
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19419, Date Accessed: 10/28/2020 2:06:29 AM

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  • Harley Parker
    University of Toronto
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    HARLEY PARKER is a research associate at McLuhan's Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.
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