Nick Jordan

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Can’t Read Can’t Write

I watched last night’s first episode of Can’t Read Can’t Write today and found it not only interesting but also very moving. The difficulties faced by adults who have trouble reading were highlighted very clearly, as were the shortcomings of the current official approach to helping these people.

Of particular note was the struggle faced by Linda, an intelligent and cultured woman in her forties who has never managed to read a single word and has a desperate desire to read Shakespeare. Initially she just doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere but eventually the breakthrough comes and it’s truly magnificent. There were tears in my eyes at that point, as at many others throughout the programme.

It goes without saying that I shall be glued to next week’s episode.

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  1. Joe C Friday, 25th July, 2008, 10:39 am

    Hi Nick Jordan!

    I love your blog, I read it at work. I was writing in to request more regular posts though as, for me, once every 4 days isnt enough.

    Yours (very) sincerely,
    J to the O to E to the C, Joe C

  2. Nick Friday, 25th July, 2008, 10:42 am

    Thanks for the kind words, Joe.

    I used to post pretty much every day a few years ago but I found I was just posting for the sake of it even when I had nothing to say. I’d rather wait a few days and post something that’s interesting, at least to me.

    Having said that, I am trying not to leave it too long between posts.


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