Literacy And Numeracy Essay

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Children engage in literacy and numeracy in many different ways and languages. The New Zealand (NZ) government introduced a literacy learning handbook which indicates children need to be able to read and write (Ministry of Education, 2010, p. 2) and English literacy is necessary for students to engage with all curriculum areas (Ministry of Education, 2010, p. 2). This push for one language and system of doing literacy and numeracy excludes other valid literacy and numeracy ways. Instead of viewing literacy and numeracy learning in a mono way, could everyone’s ways of literacy, numeracy, and language be valid and important to succeeding?

I agree with the position that “children’s literacy practices do not occur in isolation, but rather are
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72) claim “the driving forces of globalisation are economic imperatives that impact on cultural, social, political and educational agendas”. I agree with this position, globalisation has enabled the spread of information through technologies such as computers and the internet (Diaz, Beecher, & Arthur, 2007, p. 72), creating a global community and database easily accessed. Globalisation has led to the globalisation of language, English now dominates in the globalised economy, this impacts on children’s literacy learning. In Asian countries, children are taught in English so they can thrive in the global economy (Kennedy, 2006). Positively though globalisation has resulted in a global network of information and discourses which could provide opportunities for communities to extend their knowledge. This consumption of globalised media and information has led to a consumerist culture via technology and changed the knowledge, skills and discourses children now need to thrive in the world. Reading and writing is “no longer the basis for education and life success” (Comber & Reid, 2007, p. 46). Children are more readily engaging in consumer texts and literacies in their everyday lives, spreading this into the literacy learning they bring to school and other areas of education. Globalisation has changed what is needed for children to learn to thrive in a globalised

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