[NLA] Peparing America's Future
AndresMuro at aol.com
AndresMuro at aol.com
Thu Jun 20 01:46:54 EDT 2002
The idea that limited literacy is the only barrier and that it is not tied to
any other barriers is absurd. People are not just lacking literacy skills
but doing dandy in all areas of their lives. People face limited literacy
skills in combination with other worldly issues tied to poverty. At the same
time, it is not possible to improve language skills in a decontextualized
fashion. Language is something that is used to communicate with others about
something. For some of us language is the means to plan a vacation, invest in
the stock market, help our children with homework, fill out a form at a
hospital, or health clinic, complete a credit card application, apply for a
loan, etc. For others, language is the means seek day care, find
transportation, put a roof over our head, learn that there is a place called
the "shelter for Battered Women", etc, etc. It is up to the teacher, in
teaching new language skills, to decide what kind of information they are
going to use in the class to explore issues that will be both meaningful in
improving communication skills, while learning that language is a tool to
understand and participate in society. So, for the knowledgeable, prepared
and concerned teacher, literacy instruction becomes the means by which
students begin to identify, address and resolve meaningful, real life
programs. For the administrator, the role is to work with his/her teachers,
so that they can acquire the ability to do this. Unfortunately, this requires
a field with knowledge and expertise. There are other discussion listservs in
which people explore instructional approaches and strategies. You may want
to visit www.nifl.gov, click on the ncle icon, click on discussions and you
will find a list of discussions. I am conducting workshops on how teachers
can incorporate health issues into literacy and GED classes. I will be doing
workshops in several communities including Texas. Workshops are free. If you
are interested, let me know. You may be able to send some of your teachers or
In a message dated 6/19/2002 8:31:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time,
joost_d at hccs.cc.tx.us writes:
> If their barrier is literacy skills they are in the right place.
> If their barrier is child care...cant help them.
> If their barrier is transportation...cant help them.
> If their barrier is learning disability...we can do precious little.
> If their barrier is substance abuse, homelessness, physical abuse,
> mental illness or any if the other barriers that are rife among our
> target population...we just cant consistently do anything meaningful to
> address it. We just don't have the bucks to do it.
> This is the the rationale I am suggesting in Texas for more funding.
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