"Research by social psychologists shows that people who grow up in different cultures do not just think about different things, they actually think differently. The environment and culture in which people are raised affects and even determines many of their thought processes" -Marc Prensky, 2001

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Examples of cultural literacy

Examining if you are a cultural literate person you may want to try to take some of the quizzes provided in the link: cultural literacy quiz. Here you can take several tests ranging from American history to science.

Some examples of cultural literacy are knowing old sayings such as what it means to bury the hatchet, burning the candle at both ends, an eye for an eye, or that you have a chip on your shoulder. Do you know what all of these sayings mean? They are all part of our culture.

Other examples may be broad aspects such as the American Dream. There is no right answer for this, but several people have their own idea of what living the American Dream really is. Also, the American Dream has changed since the 1920's, 1950's, to even today.

Also, historic examples or quotes from famous world leaders, presidents, or even movies are part of cultural literacy. What day will live in infamy? Who read the famous lines "fourscore and seven years ago..."? What leader said "give me liberty or give me death"? Which American president said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"?

All of these examples are various aspects that are part of our culture. They remind us of historical events or advices to how we should live our lives.

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