posted on Dec, 23 2007 @ 08:55 PM
There are some good points raised, but many people are still missing a big part of the solution. It is so simple that I think people don't actually
see it as part of the solution.
-Yes, it's important to read.
-Yes, people aren't paying attention sometimes because they don't know what in the heck the teacher is talking about. And they end up being
But, just saying to a child, "read" does not make them necessarily make them much more literate. And it's not necessarily enough to just get the
problematic child to "focus" and read more.
If you want to solve illiteracy, then for one thing, you must, must, must put dictionaries in the hands of people. Tell your kids, tell your
students, if you don't understand a word, then look that word up and get it defined in a dictionary. It's not geeky, nerdy, or a sign of being
stupid; it's simply a good thing to practice.
And it is not, I repeat, not, necessarily an automatic occurance that someone will understand what a word means just because the you verbalize it to
them, or it is written in a book. It is unfair to assume it. This does not make the person stupid if they don't understand it, they simply don't
know what the word means.
I'm not saying, though, that my own literacy level is superb, but I would say I am in much better shape than many. I'm still finding myself
cleaning up the mess left by our education system. It's aweful that I have to do such a thing, and I was an A/B student through much of my
schooling. You should come out of high school and college all ready, fresh, and full of useful knowlege. But it doesn't allways happen like that.
I'll bet a lot of you spent your time in some of your classes daydreaming, snoozing, and zoned out. I sure did. Talking to that pretty girl in the
back of the class room was sure more interesting than Pre-Calculus.
You teach a child to use a dictionary, then the windows to learning will start to open up. You can conquer the messed up system, and actually come
out of school with a real education.