"Good learners, like everyone else, are living, squirming, questioning, perceiving, fearing, loving, and languaging nervous systems, but they are good learners precisely because they believe and do certain things that less effective learners do not believe and do." -Postman and Weingartner (31)
An engaging discussion of Gee, Discourse, and thinking about one’s Discourses.
To be completely honest, while reading Gee’s arguments I began to get distracted by thoughts- mainly questions- about my secondary Discourses. However, in doing so, it actually helped me understand the concept of secondary and primary discourses much better, as well as the arguments surrounding them. The main arguments begin with the existence of these Discourses, or means of participating in life. These are broken up into categories of the primary Discourse, or the first Discourse- the first one we begin practicing since birth in our household, and secondary Discourses, which are a wide range of interests and communities that we will come to be acquainted with as we grow up, and come to be literate in, or fully understanding of.
The arguments follow that if one is not fluent or literate in a secondary discourse, then they are not fully immersed in it, and therefore they are not in the Discourse…
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