not gonna lie, it really feels like every post here that i see about ppl not having reading comprehension and being unable to understand metaphors and getting whiny about english teachers and there motifs is just full on (unintentionally or not) making fun of ppl w different education and different brains.
like cool im glad that youre so good at reading. im not. i try my best. i learn every day to the best of my ability. im never going to be at your level and making fun of me is not helping. now everything i say sounds stupid bc i missed the point or the joke that was "so damn obvious". im sorry i dont work like you.
like my teachers tried so much. not all of them were great tho (WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS CONTEXT BTW) but it doesn't matter how nice someone is to me or how much they spell it out to me, im not going to be able to do it on my own. im sorry i dont look at the red curtains and think of [insert obvious motif here] and im sorry that metaphors go over my head and im sorry im fucking trusting that ppl arent willfully lying. im not media literate.
i know im making this about me when its not, but im the kind of tumblr ppl getting pointed out here so idk. i really like that post that describes diff types of literacy and what spots someone could be lacking in! a constructive look at the differences in communication!! also can we PLEASE acknowledge the role of Education. why can we acknowledge that older ppl arent going to be 'politically correct' bc they didnt grow up that or felt a need to say different (ie old queer ppl who use whatever labels are considered 'rude' now) but we cant acknowledge that many ppl don't have the "right" brain for what ur saying? or that their school is hot shit at literature education? theres an actual fucking reason we complained about lit teachers making us find a secret correct understanding of a situation of a grade. bc we didnt understand and no matter how much they say that we should that we still dont. bc the teachers can try their best but theyre not going to get some neurodivergent kids to completely understand metaphors.
(sorry non americans im about to talk about us here i know yall dont need to deal w this part) post about americans not knowing about other countries until such and such age? and there were Americans making fun of others (who may or may not have been lying, tho im gonna say most werent bc what a thig to lie about) bc they mustve been so damn stupid to not know about other countries right?? like as if that has nothing to do w schooling, location, culture, and a million other things. i didnt know ither countries existed untill o was like 12. yes i have some unusual circumstances (no tv being an important one) but i was just a normal kid living an average life in the us. sure my school didnt teach me and my parents didnt, but why would i, as an english speaking 8 year old w a completely american family in the countryside and no forseeable need to leave my gigantic nationalist country, need to Know about Other Countries? as stupid as this sounds (bc thay would be bigoted to say) its true? what would an average monolingual child in the us w no money need to know about other countries YET? are we gonna make fun of kids for that? or are we gonna acknowledge that education and stuff is not equal?
i know im still fucking worked up about this bc im being too sensitive or whatever. but shut up please. we may not have known before how sucky at CERTAIN literature things as the rest, but we know and theres not much that we can do but try our best. so shut up about ur superior brain and ur superior schooling. im glad that u are able to touch the magical hidden words in poetry and articles and whatnot. like seriously i am!! that can be such a useful life skill!! i don't have it. i never got it, and unless i have some miracle teacher or feel the need to spend years perfecting my 'commom sense' reading skills? i probably never will. i can still get enjoyment out of literature! maybe i read too much baby stuff and thats a problem, but i havent read adult literature that actually hit some magical Brain Thinking Worldy thought so. whatever.