Who is Responsible for Literacy?September 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Posted in uncategorized | 2 Comments
Posted by Micah Moore
In this Literacy class, the majority of our time is devoted to going over various reading strategies teachers can employ to help students engage with whatever they are reading. There are all types of very useful strategies that can be used before, during, and after reading. But, when it all comes down to it the teacher seems to be the only one responsible for a student’s literacy after a certain point. If the student is having trouble reading, the teacher is often first to be blamed by the public. But, who else is responsible for that student’s literacy?
Donna Main of the Worchester County Times says in her article, Literacy is a shared community responsibility , that literacy is not just the responsibility of schools but the whole community. Main writes, “In fact, I believe that the success of our nation relies on strong reading skills, making literacy a shared responsibility for us all.” She talks about how a school in her area has very strong connections with the local libraries, and that they also participate in larger book clubs.
So I think as teachers, or future teachers, we should reach out and get the community involved with student literacy. Perhaps bringing up the overall community literacy will bring up student literacy levels as well. It would also give the community more of a stake in the education and literacy of young people in their community.
So my question is: What are some good ways of getting the community involved in student literacy? Are some ways more appropriate, or better than others?