A Precious Gift

November 5, 2009

As college students we often dread or blow-off our assigned readings, we’d rather check our facebook, some would rather tweet and we quickly forget how fortunate we are, with our precious gift of literacy. We choose not to read, when others unfortunately do not have the choice.

Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute and use technology at a level that enables the person to reach their full potential as a parent, employee an community member.

A new movie Precious, starring Mariah Carey and Mo’Nique, following the tragic life of a sixteen year old that can neither read nor write. 

60 minutes correspondent and Emmy award-winning journalist, Byron Pitts, recently spoke out about his own struggles with literacy in his new book “Step Out on Nothing:How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.”
Unfortunately it is often movies such as this that are necessary to shed light on issues such as illiteracy, that seem so distant from our own lives, so encompassed by literacy. An estimated 32 million adults in the United States have such low literacy skills that they cannot fill out a job application.

Illiteracy can be linked to extreme unemployment, poor health and poverty. Organizations such as ProLiteracy, Second Start Adult Literacy Program in Oakland and Caliteracy are all dedicated to literacy education.

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