The Importance Of Literacy In Schools

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“A curriculum is only as good as the teachers implementing it” (Ward 18.) Literacy is a part of our everyday lives, from reading to writing, to sending texts messages, posting on Facebook and sending emails; we are engulfed by literacy. The success of children begins in their early introductions to literacy and continues to develop and blossom as the years go on. Children mimic and repeat language they hear at home and at school and as they grow older the languages learned become habitual, whether the language is grammatically correct, incorrect or even inappropriate. Literacy across the disciplines is vital to all educators and those seeking education. The lack of literacy in all grade levels is preposterous, student enter new grade levels …show more content…
People believe the regulation of literacy and curriculum in and of itself is preposterous because children are each unique and learn in their own unique ways. This is true; children are unique and learn in their own diverse and individual ways, however embedding a formula on how to properly write a paper, does not satisfy the individualistic style of learning and comprehension. If and when a strictly structured paper satisfies one professor’s needs, does not mean the same structure and formula will perform to meet the criteria of every teacher or professor a student will encounter. I am in no way suggesting literacy across the disciplines should include a right and wrong way of how to properly execute a paper, journal, article, or whatever it may be. I am firmly suggesting certain aspects of literacy such as vocabulary, phonics, grammar, integration of knowledge and ideas, critical thinking and self-expression be emphasized and not …show more content…
The regulation of state standards has the authority to either hinder or contribute to a child’s success. “The Common Core State Standards focus on helping all children become college ready, gain literal or basic comprehension, integrate knowledge and ideas and becoming introduced to diverse complex and challenging texts” (Piper 58.) State educational standards have been a part of education for many years now however, the standards need some improvements. While in elementary, children are constantly read picture books, and while this is quite appropriate for the age category, scholarly and informative, age appropriate, readings should also be introduced during these grade levels. Even if the text for these children seems a bit challenging for them, their perseverance will allow them to push through it to the best of their ability. The idea of being able to read more than a picture book will kindle the fire to explore more challenging text and will only help increase a child’s literacy performance. Often times children in elementary, intermediate and even high school are asked to write summaries, or short responses based on a text they read. This writing response doesn’t justify what the child actually comprehended, it only test the ability of a child to reiterate what was read to an examiner. Instances like these are another reason why I believe educational curriculum

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