Another casualty of "practical" education is the reduction of lanuage as a semi-transparent form of communication. The consequences should be obvious after an election and here's the most frightening: an increasing number of americans have a "literal" interpretation of a book written by many humans, translated in different languages and different versions. Even many literature professors look past language to discuss history, psychology, religion, etc. I was lucky to have teachers who taught me not to take language for granted — but this was in college. Grade school literature classes might be the best place to teach kids to appreciate the beauty, complexity and importance of language. Thoughts?