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Persuasive Essay On Philosophy Of Literacy

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“I can’t relate to anything that we read.”
-African American Male, Columbia, South Carolina

“They don’t care about what I have to say, so I don’t say anything.”
-African American Male, Columbia, South Carolina

There is an old Chinese Proverb that says, “Teach me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” When it comes to literacy, we want our students to dig a little deeper; not just into written text or language but also their minds. I believe the teaching of literacy needs to be more than just reading and writing. It needs to be able to expand the minds of our students and offer a different perspective. Literacy is a variety of strategies that need to be used to capture the diversity amongst our students. When I look at literacy, I see it as an aspect of collaboration and social engagement, a form of freedom and expression, and the intensity behind questioning. Literacy allows students to become more than just a reader or a writer. It allows them to be able to interact with and interpret the world around them. There is a need for quality literacy education. There are discrepancies amongst our youth. While all students need to advance in literacy, there is a strong discrepancy in one group of students. There is a substantial need for literacy education in the population of African American males. These students are often seen as a statistic. “Recent research shows that lack of adequate reading and writing skills can set
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