Literacy Is The Foundation Of Education Essay

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Most individuals have narrow definitions of literacy, considering it to be merely possessing the abilities to read and write, but the definition should be much broader than that. Literacy is the foundation of education. I would define literacies as skills that we are continuously having to improve upon. Without the abilities to read and write, I would have an altered view of the world that I live in and the people who I share it with. Additionally, I would not be able to recognize letters or numbers in order to master mathematical concepts, accurately read a recipe to determine which ingredients are required and how much of those ingredients are needed, or adequately comprehend the directions necessary to complete a particular task. Therefore, if I lacked my current literacies, I would furthermore lack the ability to complete several everyday tasks. The processes of learning how to read and write were difficult for me. However, my persistent work to improve upon these skills has allowed me to pursue higher education. I still recall my assigned reading circle in kindergarten. Mrs. Qualls was an extremely kind, gentle, and compassionate woman who was entirely devoted to her calling: teaching. As a method of developing our literacies, she would divide us into small groups to practice reading aloud. We would be instructed to drag our chairs to our reading group’s determined meeting place. I can still imagine dozens of chair legs screeching as they scraped across the floor;
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