COM 101 – 06
Language, Education, and Class
The question isn’t, “Why do we communicate?” The question is, “How do we
communicate?” We communicate in person, through television, radio, and the Internet,
so why are there so many miscommunications between friends, family, and the world?
Education is one of the most effective ways of learning how to communicate with
others. We learn techniques in school and create social networks outside of class,
however the education one receives varies widely.
Factors such as status, location, and
level of education contribute to language, social, and personal barriers. The procedures
of communication learned in school also differ, depending on where we live. The
knowledge and manner in which one communicates varies due to the many variations in
what we learn, where we learn, and how much education one receives. For example, not
everyone knows how to analyze a written message or is able pick up on social cues that
go along with speech. While the knowledge of punctuation, grammar, correct use of
language, and the differences between prose and poetry may differ between social
classes, they are all essential for communicating because the way something is said or
written can dramatically change its meaning.
Our education system has to be held more
responsible for teaching youth in all social classes understand the differences between
writing and speech and how to use them accordingly.
In A Bunch of Marks
the author, Richard Mitchell, states that the point of
discursive prose is to convey logic, order, and coherence, and that writing is simply used
to copy things down for memory. The purpose of speech is completely opposite; it has
emotion and is easily interpreted by people because of body language and other social
cues. Writing cannot convey these emotions even with the use of punctuation and other