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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Can Ur Child Reed: Illiteracy in the United States

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 2:01 PM

Illiteracy is a major problem in the United States. The number of children and adults who can not read is staggering. This problem is a concern for all parent's, but for Christian parent's illiteracy should go deeper than just someone else's child. As a Christian parent you should try to help alleviate this major problem facing the citizen's of your community.

There are a number of options a Christian parent can do to help solve illiteracy in their city. The most important is to become involved. When you become involved you are helping and teaching your children to become better citizens. You teach them it's not alright to make fun of someone who cannot read. You teach them the value of learning. You teach them good citizenship.

One of your main objectives as a Christian parent is to become involved. Involvement is the key to reading success.

1. Volunteer: You can volunteer to help someone learn to read through your local library, your child's school or even at your church.

2. Attend illiteracy forums: A great place to start is The Literacy Council. This organization provides many different resources.

3. Provide books: One of the keys to reading success is the ability to have an opportunity to read. Many illiterate children and adult's have never read a book. You can contact RIF for more information.

Christian parent's should address the problem of illiteracy with their children also. Get your child involved. Together as a family you can have a local book drive to collect gently worn books or have a fund raiser in your community and invite a local children's author.

There are many avenue's to solving the problem of illiteracy and it starts with you.

A great online resource can be found at U.S. Dept. of Education.

5 comments:

Kel on February 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM said...

What an important topic. As a teacher and a mom of two little ones, I am constantly reinforcing the importance of literacy to everyone who will listen. :) Thanks for joining our Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop.

Kel

ohkeeka on February 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM said...

I used to work as a librarian, so this is definitely a subject that's near and dear to my heart. And it's not just about being outright illiterate--many people can read, but at such a low-level that they have trouble understanding what they're reading. You are at such a disadvantage in life if you're unable to read or communicate well.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. :) I just wanted to let you know that I'm now following you back. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Elisabeth Hirsch on February 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM said...

Awesome quote!

Show Me Mama on March 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM said...

I am your new follower. You can follow me back at http://showmemama.com. Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

Graphoniac on March 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM said...

I'm a writer, library volunteer, mom to one, and a Christian. For all of my roles, illiteracy is a personal concern. Ohkeeka's got it right: illiteracy is more than not being able to read. So few highschool graduates have real reading comprehension, and even fewer have grammar and communication skills so necessary to a thriving society. It's positively heart breaking.

I found you through the MondayMingle blog hop and am now following. Follow back?

http://www.graphoniac.com

Thanks, have a great day!

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