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The Nature and Value of Reading and its Diminishing Influence on American Society

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The Nature and Value of Reading and its Diminishing Influence on American Society

Hello my dear visitor; thank you for your gracious visit and welcome to this intensely delightful and informative learning lab. This website is an educational and information-driven system of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. It is my earnest and heart-felt desire that you thoroughly enjoy your visit to this most engagingly delightful place of enlightenment and understanding. This website’s principal goal is to provide its visitors with invaluable information about reading, writing, publishing, and marketing books in the United States and around the world. A handsome bevy of professional literary services (manuscript, novel, fiction, and nonfiction editing; term paper and dissertation editing; proofreading; book sales handle and back cover copy; book review; manuscript preparation and assessment; technical writing; well-written magazine articles; and professionally prepared web content) is also available. It is this website’s ardent yearning to furnish wholesome, accurate, and reliable information to its visitors on a general level; and more specifically, to hard-working writers who toil in the vulturous, vendible, and dizzyingly complex world of literary endeavor. It is rather unfortunate that the literary industry (the world of writing, publishing, and marketing books) has been turned into such a grasping, rapacious machine with sharp iron teeth; where one man’s ruin is another man’s lunch. Straws’ Publishing Company and Editorial Services are a bright light shining in a dark, cormorant world of disorder without any moral convictions: It is a beautiful light that illuminates that dark, umbrous jungle of greed and venality, and points its clients to a better way and brighter way. This website’s focus on fresh, strategic knowledge and the exigent need for a moral revolution is a luminous bulb in a very dark, acheronian world.

This website rabidly aspires to reach out to people from all walks of life and to inspire them to reach for life’s higher heights. This site is a flaming bulb that lights the way back to an earlier age when people delighted in the glorious beauty of books and reading. Its mantra is: “Read to Rediscover the Need and Joy of Reading” That golden pearl reading has been lost in the twenty-first century’s mad rush for change and excitement. In the process of contemporary man’s intense enamorment with, and idolatrous worship of, technology; the golden gem of reading and books has been lost—and oh, what a horrid tragedy that has been. The loss of reading’s beautiful light has meant an ever-increasing surge of darkness in society and a strange eclipse of dusk has infiltrated the hearts of men; accordingly, an ever darkening cloud of illiteracy and amorality has overshadowed society. This has bred a heartless machine of shamsters, tricksters, fraudsters, and scammers who have absolutely no regard for others’ rights and belongings. Why has the world become so surreal and mean and ugly and violent and scary? People have ceased reading good books and have gorged themselves with false, shoddy, empty entertainment that simply says; “Live for yourself and get all that you can, even at other people’s expense: Nothing is right or wrong, and morals are irrelevant. Get all that you can today and have good time; for tomorrow, you pass away and are no more.” The brash proliferation of this ruinous lie has poisoned the whole world and turned human society into a strange killing spree. The evidence of this sort of thinking and behavior in the world is so glaring; it is as if the brakes on moral behavior has been entirely removed, as man races to the surreal crash site of the human race’s strange end.

 

This website also desires to encourage and uplift people with the natural knack for writing to pursue their dream of becoming celebrated authors worldwide: At the same time, with a great deal of humility and forethought; we would like to alert and advise those writing enthusiasts who lack that natural flair for writing to simply step aside and search for the things for which they have a natural knack. We strongly believe that there is no point wasting one’s time in trying to do something for which the natural aptitude is not there: We ardently encourage these people to look around, find their life calling, and pursue it with all the pride and passion and pizzazz in the world. We at Straws Publishing Company and Professional Editorial Services believe that, once you find the thing which you were born to do and go after it with all you might, life will smile with you every single day. If you love writing but do not have the natural knack for it, that does not mean that you cannot write. You can, and should, endeavor to do your best. However, writing is a very complex task and is only pleasurable to those with the natural gift for it. In time, you would soon realize that writing at the professional level is not for you because you just do not have the stuff for which it calls. it would be much better for you to spend your time doing something for which you have a natural knack and gust. My friend, I certainly hope that I did not offend you; and if I did, I am truly sorry. Listen to the voice of wisdom and find your true calling in the world; life will do cart wheels for you. Only that for which you have a natural aptitude would bring you the greatest amount of happiness in this world. Jealousy is a fool and a nosy busybody in other people’s business where it absolutely has no place; and if you pursue a career in writing or have any writing needs, you can rest and be assured that Straws Publishing Company and Professional Editorial Services would take very good care of you. Our prices are reasonable, balanced, and fair. We want you to succeed in all of your writing endeavors—and in your life, as a whole— that is the reason that we insist on providing information that is as accurate, pragmatic, objective, and honest as possible.  If you do not have the stuff for which professional writing calls; we will be honest with you and merely suggest that you keep on searching for your life’s natural gifts and talents. We would not take your money if we thought that you would not be able to compete with the many dashing, brilliant, and consummate writers out there; for we believe that honesty is always the best of policy. You will absolutely not lose doing business with Straws’ Publishing Company and Editorial Services.

 

 

The Nature of Reading and its Diminishing Influence on American Society

 Reading is a cognitive language of phonetic symbols that send complicated messages to the brain through the instruments of light and physical vision. The system of symbols used in reading to convey the information to the brain is called the alphabet. This complex phonetic program is a variable and versatile system of sounds composed of individual letters. Each letter is assigned one or more sounds which have to be memorized; accordingly, learning to read is inextricably tied to mastering the variable sounds of each letter in the alphabet. In this regard, one does not learn to read by osmosis; rather, he learns to read by mastering the phonetic code of each letter in the alphabet. Once he has mastered the phonetic code, he must next understand the syllables or sounds that various letter combinations produce and how to divide them in order to simplify the pronunciation of words. As it turns out, the alphabet may be divided into two basic types of letters: (1) Vowels—A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y—and (2) consonants, all other letters in the alphabet. Vowels are the basic building blocks of all word formation.

 

Whenever a vowel is spliced between two consonants, it produces sound, syllable, or word. The sound produced by this vowel-consonant bisection is called a syllable, which may be a syllable, a word or a word fragment. For example, the consonant combination “BT” has no sound; but when an “A” is spliced between the “B” and “T”, you get BAT, which is a word. Notice what happens when this word combination is switched around: BAT becomes TAB. Let us look at another example of how vowels impart sound to mute consonants. For Example, the consonant combination “BS” has no sound and cannot be pronounced; however, when you put a “U” between the “B” and “S”, again this produces another whole word, BUS. If you change the “S” to a “G” and splice the “U” in between “B” and “G”, it produces the new word “BAG”. If you add “GY” to BAG, you get the word “BAGGY”. BAG and GY are called syllables, whose formation is the basis of how all words are formed; therefore, the essence of learning to read is the ability to memorize the sounds of each individual letter of the alphabet and to identify them in syllables. This linguistic approach is the simplest and fastest way to learn how to read. Although the rote memorization involved is somewhat mechanical and monotonous, the fantastic results that it produces cannot be beaten by any other approach to learning to read. This approach to reading is somewhat like a mathematical function, where time spent practicing and memorizing sounds produces perfection in reading.

 

Of course there is the other school of thought that holds that phonics is too mechanical, monotonous, and boring: It involves too much unnecessary rote memorization, which makes learning to read too complex and work-driven. These educational commentators aver that reading ought to be fun and should not involve all that cumbersome work of boring phonetic drills: Rather, they hold that reading is a developmental process and that students would learn to read when they are ready. This cheap type of excuse for not holding the line and seeing to it that students learn to read properly is a lame and hackneyed pretext for the human tendency to put off treating truth. It is like saying that I am going to stop drinking or cheating on my wife when I am ready. Frustrated educators who use this approach to reading hand young people the unhandsome gift of illiteracy and ignorance, and steal their happy tomorrows. It is considerably unfortunate that human beings often prefer the comforts of their own ideological understanding of things than the raw truth about the things themselves. Reading is so basic and non-negotiable a human need and commodity or resource, no one should be allowed to play ball with young people’s opportunity to learning how to read. It is absolutely asinine and wrong to lure young people into the senseless procrastination of messing around with their opportunity to learn to read. Due to this flawed understanding of  reading, thousands of young people have been untreasured  and divested of this priceless, golden gift of reading; and unfortunately, many of these same young people have been transmuted into jailbirds who have turned society upside-down. In the bluntest of terms, educators need to stop messing around with young people’s education and future, and teach them to read so that they can skillfully handle the rudder of their own lives. The ability to read is the very eye of opportunity and success: To deny young people access to such a skill is to literally remove all the beauty from their ungainly tomorrows.

 

The cold, hard, raw truth here is that people do not learn to read when they are ready; they learn to read because they are taught the basic principles of learning how to read as are laid out in any grammar school phonetic reader. Saying that students would learn to read when they are ready is tantamount to saying that a person would learn to drive when he is ready: That is stark nonsense. No one learns to do any complex cognitively driven task when he is ready: He learns to do it because he is taught over time the correct way to do it. Certainly, in order to learn anything, one has to be ready; however, in order to learn the craft of reading, he has to be taught exactly how to do it. Work is a fundamental principle of earthly life: Very little comes easy. Work and effort are needed in order to understand and appreciate life on earth: Though learning the phonetic drills can be taxing and challenging; the lusty, luscious fruits of success that it produces are worth the mental drudgery and toil that are needed to master the challenging code. Though the phonetic code’s mastery can be thorny and time-consuming, the learning process can be even simpler if the students are thoroughly inspired and motivated, and understand the sterling value of their ability to read. In the same vein, thoroughly trained educators who truly understand the inestimable value of students’ ability to read can greatly facilitate the process of mastering the sounds, practicing and learning the phonetic drills, identifying syllables, and eventually learn to read. A great teacher who truly understands the value of phonics can immensely reduce the toil involved in mastering the phonetic sounds. Attention to lesson plans having to do with recognizing syllable and learning to spell can also speed up the process of learning to read. Once the phonetic sounds are mastered, exquisitely planned word drills and spelling exercises can definitely expedite the process involved in learning to read.

 

While the mechanical phonetic process of learning to read has been clearly understood and its application is not difficult to be executed in the modern classroom, sociocultural changes in society having to do with morals and classroom discipline have become formidable alloys and dangerous stumbling blocks to the educational process. In bygone generations of educators, the rules of the game were fairly clearly spelled out—emphasis on classroom discipline and creation of a productive classroom environment were conspicuously visible in public school curriculums. Classroom discipline was an integral component of the public education program: Parents understood teachers’ need to maintain discipline in their classrooms—and they supported their children’s teachers. Various forms of corporeal discipline were used in order to treat chronically disruptive, out of control students in classrooms. Teachers did not play, neither did their parents.   Of course there is that nostalgic tendency to look back at the good old days and view them as perfect: This is another flaw in the human system of untruth in the world. It is needless to say that things were never perfect; that ever-present nagging struggle between good and evil was always there, and will always be there; however, a clear system of discipline—largely based on the Bible—to treat rogue, disruptive students was conspicuously present.

 

My point here is that, not too long ago, there was some type of concrete discipline system in place in public school to treat inappropriate students’ behavior; and then, almost without warning, all those Bible-driven forms of traditional discipline measures were summarily washed away in a baneful tsunami of change.  Suddenly, all these traditional discipline measure were scrapped and thrown out.  They were abandoned on the basis that they did not work—and what have they introduced in their place? The vain, empty, shallow theories of pop psychology and social science have drowned society in a muddy flood of moral and societal decay worldwide. Oh like a nasty raincloud in the sky, the old way of life was brashly washed away. All the old rules of classroom discipline changed and vanished almost overnight1

Psychology’s smart boys, under the guise of protecting children from the ravages of corporeal punishment and child abuse, introduced a brawling wash of antichristian ideals and models; which never did, and will never, work. The phony Arcanum of psychology and naturalism were touted as priceless panaceas, not only to school discipline, but also to all societal problems as a whole. Now, these same ideas were tried before in Europe during the Enlightenment period with catastrophic consequences, as was reflected in a frenzied spate of nasty, sanguinary revolutions that almost ended life on this planet. And oh my God, what a massive lie and hulking weight of deception which they have tossed at society! The advocates of the secular religions of modern science and this type of secularism kicked out Bible reading under the pretext that it offended too many parents. They replaced the Christian worldview and prayer with psychology, tolerance, moral relativism, and political correctness.

 

What have been the results of these starkly dishonest shifts? Well, anyone opening his own eyes and thinking with his own mind should not have any problems recognizing the dire consequences of these rank dishonest epistemological shifts and the baneful societal catastrophe that they have produced. The logarithmic rise of gang violence; dysfunctional homes, schools, churches, and the American political institution; abolition of morality; an ongoing rash of school shootings; teenage pregnancy; pauperization of American society; bankruptcy of major metropolitan centers,  and a dramatic rise of suicide are just the tip of the iceberg. Modern science and pop psychology have made a fool out of American society and Western civilization as a whole. The massive fraud of pop psychology, paganism, witchcraft, and devil worship has taken America by storm and is choking the very life out of her. Since the switch from Christianity to secular humanism and paganism, American society has steadily declined, and the prison population has quintupled. In the light of these stark meteoric and massive societal changes, classroom discipline at the public school level has been turned into a mere joke. With no discipline and control of their classrooms, teachers have lost the battle for the soul of their students and tomorrow’s jailbirds and victims of suicide and homelessness.  School graduation classes are packed with students who cannot read. These poor, pathetic human beings; unready for society, life, and the future; can hardly recognize their names even if they were written on a five hundred million dollar sweepstake ticket

 

And what are these lost young people deprived of the ability of the ability to read doing today? They are dropping out of public schools—seven thousand a day from high school alone! They are also filling up America’s prisons to donate their useless lives to America’s giant corporations and conglomerates that pay them twenty-five cents per hour for hard, back-breaking labor for the entirety of their time in prison. These young people who morph into societal misfits are joining violent gangs that smash their communities to pieces; they are having babies out of wedlock, resulting in a teen pregnancy epidemic that is overwhelming America’s public welfare system; and finally, these ill-starred human beings are committing suicide. The rate of suicide for the cohort between sixteen and twenty-four years of age in America exhibits one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Every fourteen seconds, someone between sixteen and twenty-four years old is taking his life. The lie that young people would learn to read when they are ready, the new pop psychology, and contemporary Western paganism have swept society away in a swift flashflood of ruin.

 

Anyone who has observed the destructive machinery of societal change in the West since the 1960’s knows exactly what has happened—Western societies have abandoned the sane and sober teachings of the Holy Bible. Western technocrats have lambasted and mocked the Bible, ridiculing it in every imaginable way and pushing tolerance, political correctness, witchcraft, devil worship, homosexuality, gay marriage, and a host of antichristian agendas. In the process, society has progressively waxed worse and worse, deteriorating to virtually utter disarray and anarchy. Western technocratic scientists have pushed this dangerous antichristian societal experiment over the past seventy of so years: It has failed and blown up in their faces. One would think that they would wake up and smell the coffee, but they have not and would not. Far from abandoning this cruel antichristian experiment, effort has been intensified to marginalize the Christians and Christianity and keep them isolated; denying them good professional jobs and firing them at the drop of hat. Judging from the way things are shaping up in the world right now, human civilization is rapidly passing away, and things like illiteracy, teen pregnancy, gang violence, and suicide are merely control measures that are used by the devilish ruling elite and its guileful machinery of secrecy and odious machinations in the West. My advice to young people is to draw on their natural intelligence and develop their skills and talents to the highest degree so that they can employ their own selves. The current Western Government machine is not set up in the interest of ordinary every day Westerners; and judging from the way they are handling things, it won’t be long before human civilization grinds to a screeching halt.