Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Piggybacking off of Heather
So I read Heather's post and it made me think about illiteracy. We talk so much about different forms of literacy but it seems that we never really address the skin and bones definition of literacy of having the ability to read and write. I guess I can read a lot of theory but there is no chance in all the world that any article will ever make me think that the inability to read and write is not illiteracy, sorry Warner. My next question is what does a teacher do if they have a student that enters their classroom without these basic abilities? What are the sources that are available? Let's face it no matter how educated we may be there are basic skills that are needed to function in society. The other year at my summer job, my friend and I met a 41 year old woman who was illiterate. I remember thinking "how in the hell did this happen." I was appalled, then I got to thinking that this woman could be taken advantage of by anyone because she can not read or write. So what do we do about this problem?