There is very little dearer to my heart and mind than literacy in its many forms; expression and communication across the miles and years is nearly miraculous, in my opinion. I cannot say if I love reading or writing more, for I spend so much of my life reading and writing! If I am not reading or writing, I am often thinking IN WORDS… and thinking about reading and writing. I teach reading and writing. I practice reading and writing. My hobbies include READING AND WRITING.
I go to book discussions. I take literature classes. I write poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. I take creative writing classes. I submit poetry and fiction for publication, and SOME RARE TIMES I get published.
I’m rather boring, aren’t I? I am so much about reading and writing.
I’ve seen firsthand how literacy can improve and even save lives. That’s how strongly I believe in the importance of literacy.
My own personal literacy story is still to come, but I will say I am one who was probably saved from a miserable life partly by the ability to read and write well. (Then there is also the out of control work ethic and stubbornness, but those are stories for later as well.)
This Friday, after completing the second full day of training, I meet the student I will be working with for at least the next six months. I have come full circle, since decades ago I was an adult literacy tutor through Laubach Literacy International, now merged with Literacy Volunteers to become ProLiteracy.
Here is a link to a great article, “Adult Education Helps Break the Cycle of Poverty,” published by ProLiteracy: click here.
The article points out that:
The value of adult literacy to our economy is estimated at more than $200 billion per year in additional wages and reduced costs for public support programs. Educating adults is a sound investment. Yet, public funding for adult education programs has declined over the past 15 years despite most adult education programs having long student waiting lists. Programs can only serve a fraction of the adults who need services.
Indeed, my student has been waiting nearly a year for a tutor, and some students have been waiting longer than that. So many more trained literacy tutors are needed!
I’m excited, and I hope I can help my student reach her literacy goals; I know I will sure try hard!
Now I need to get back to preparing lessons for my college teaching job–teaching College Reading. Are you surprised?
Thank you for reading.