"Since an ineluctable part of being a human self is suffering, part of what we humans come to art for is an experience of suffering, necessarily a vicarious experience, more like a "generalization" of suffering. Does this make sense? We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy's impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character's pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple."
David Foster Wallace
"...as you grow up in this world you realize people don’t really give a s*** about what you feel or think."
David Coleman (one of the architects of the Common Core)
Which ethos do you want to drive how and why we teach language arts?