The study of English is more than simply learning to read and write. It is learning how to think critically; about situations, one’s self, and the experiences that make up every day life. English helps us to be invested in life, our own, and those around us. English teaches us how to think. To quote the late author David Foster Wallace,

“Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” -DFW

While we will be learning/relearning many of the basics of English, my goal this year to help each of you understand the importance that learning to read and write can bring. While there are many practical applications to this subject (e.g., being able to communicate effectively, make decisions with a critical and careful eye, real-world writing, comprehending difficult texts, etc.) English will help each of you understand how to think and what you choose to think about. It will help you gain meaning from your experiences, which will be valuable in all aspects of life.