Personal Philosophy Of Literacy

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Personal Philosophy of Literacy Instruction

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
― Kofi Annan

“All over the world there are enormous numbers of smart, even gifted, people who harbor a passion for science. But that passion is unrequited. Surveys suggest that some 95 percent of Americans are “scientifically illiterate.”
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It is our duty to students to provide them with the skills to be literate in an increasingly complex world. The skills we teach must build a foundation for not only reading and writing, but literacy in media, science, art and history as well. We are teaching future generations the skills that they will need to grow and thrive in their time, not ours, and so we must prepare them for the next 100 years, where things will be growing and changing in ways that we could never predict. This is why literacy is important, and why it is even more important that we inform student’s sensibilities and ability to make informed decisions based on available facts. Perkins (2009) suggest that literacy is key to the development of life-long learning skills, and so it must be said that developing these “literacy” skills at a young age will lead to more successful learning all through life. It has never been our duty to predict the future, just to equip students with the tools to best work in the
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