[LMB] Children -- repost,

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Sat Jan 26 14:24:09 GMT 2019

I thought the sign had both pictures and words. Both illiteracy and innumeracy seem to be common but not the majority. 
Consider the family and official book to keep records of just about everything among the Farmers. I wonder if the surprise both of the clerks (I forget the actual name but they function about the same as a county clerk) had at Dag’s literacy was because Lakewalkers didn’t own land. 
Among Lakewalkers, reading seems to be mostly for reports and ledgers. Notice Dag’s speculation that Fawn’s slowness in reading at the hotel was due to lack of practice. 
In fact, did we see any fiction or any reading for enjoyment anywhere in the SKverse. There is explicit mention in the Vorkoverse and the 5GU. 
Could it be a result of the disaster and how long bare survival was a struggle but, if that was the case, I would expect differentiations in both written and oral language. 

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> On Jan 26, 2019, at 6:59 AM, John Lennard <john.c.lennard at gmail.com> wrote:
> Pouncer has, as often, a lot of interesting thoughts and observations.
> Going back to Pippin for a moment, my point was only that, in some measure,
> hobbits in general and Pippin in particular occupy the space in LR that
> might otherwise hold more self-evident children.
> But the Hod/Hawthorn comparison is an interesting one. Mass education, and
> expectations of it, are of course pretty recent developments. It's only
> during the C19 in the UK that the government legislates children off the
> streets, out of work, and into school : Blake knew in the 1790s that for a
> lot of people the important thing about children was that they fitted up
> chimneys, but by the 1890s children's lit had developed with childhood
> becoming a policed Eden into which sex, death, and other fallen things were
> not to be admitted. For most, before that, whatever casual teaching parents
> might manage + apprenticeship was it.
> The big question is literacy. Every time the historians revise their
> estimates, it seems that more people were more literate earlier, but (a)
> literacy falls as well as rises, and (b) it didn't make a big enough
> difference until the printing press began to generate a lot more things
> that could be read.
> Do we know with certainty that there are or are not printing presses in the
> WGW? There's a mint, and whoever made Dag's spring clasp plug-in, so the
> fabrication skills are there, but I think there isn't even block-printing,
> never mind moveable metal type. The sign outside the farm that Fawn reads
> right at the beginning of Beguilement has pictures of fare and prices,
> IIRC, not words, so no expectation that all travellers will be literate.
> It's a powerful, if unrealised, restriction on any organised education.
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