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ERIC Number: ED182681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reading: Why So Important?
Martin, David S.
Americans tend to regard persons without the ability to read as being less than fully functioning members of society. There are at least four ways in which educators can deal with what appears to be a prejudice in favor of literacy while also ensuring widespread literacy: by educating parents and the general public that other means to understanding the written word besides traditional literacy are acceptable and can permit an individual with severe blocks to literacy to be a fully human person, by sharing the reading responsibility with teachers of subjects other than English, by raising teacher expectations of students, and by publicizing the accomplishments of public education in the area of literacy. Specific actions that teachers can take include insisting that students read substantive material rather than completing "empty" exercises, investing in cassette tapes to record students' reading achievements for parents, and publishing student-written books. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Secondary Teachers Association of Reading (Alameda, CA, October 1979)