Thursday, November 29, 2012

A report on Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-first Century

The fall issue of the journal The Future of Children is released. The latest Journal entry is Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century . It outlines how expectations of basic skills in the workplace have dramatically increased. It also continues on a trend of pointing out gaps between subgroups with disadvantaged students falling behind. Tony Evers regularly points out how we need to work hard to close the gaps in Wisconsin.

This is a quote from the summary:
To attain adult success today young Americans must be able to use reading to gain access to the world of knowledge, to synthesize information from multiple sources, to evaluate arguments, and to explore in depth fields as disparate as history, science, and mathematics. To complicate the challenge, schools must not only better prepare students for these demands but also reduce sharp disparities in literacy outcomes between disadvantaged and privileged children. Low literacy levels among children from less advantaged families dramatically reduce the potential for upward mobility.

Click this link to Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century

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