Additional Questions from a Group 1 Member
Brandt's examination of literacy focuses on writing and sometimes excludes consideration of reading, in part to to "help redress the neglect of the social history of writing in comparison to reading"(12). Do you believe that Brandt's focus on writing over reading seems reasonable? Do you think Brandt's book is limited by her tendency to sometimes exclude half of the "literacy equation" (i.e. reading) from analysis?
Brandt's methodology for examining Literacy in American Lives focuses on people and largely ignores institutions that teach literacy, such as schools and libraries. What roles do libraries have in the story/stories told in Brandt's book?