The Reading Ape blog: 'Phonics - the lever of civilisation'

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The Reading Ape blog: 'Phonics - the lever of civilisation'

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:21 am

Thank you to the author of The Reading Blog for another informative post - this time about the importance of the development of spoken language and writing systems for communication - and power! ... vilisation

Phonics - the lever of civilisation.

June 25, 2019

The evolution of oppositional thumbs and an erect stature have been fundamental developments in mankind, but when the ancients suggested that “speech is the difference of man” they were highlighting the one dominant factor that separates homo sapiens from the rest of the animal kingdom; the quantum leap performed by humankind that truly divorces man from beast: language (McLuhan and Logan, 1977).

By enabling the encoding, recording, storing, decoding and sharing of information and ideas; by promoting atomisation, analysis and objectivity, the phonetic alphabet has been the single most influential innovation in the development of modern civilisation and its resonance continues to reverberate into the digital age (Cherry, 1982). It is the lever of civilisation and the ‘mother of invention’ (McLuhan and Logan, 1977, p373).

Foniks iz krazie? Phonics is power.

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