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ERIC Number: ED428392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-26
Pages: 25
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Challenges to Literacy in Contemporary Society.
Berger, Allen
Literacy today has three challenges: greater diversity in the school population, newer media, and unwarranted intrusion from the outside world. To deal with greater student diversity, there should be greater differentiated instruction in teaching reading and writing; and to cope with the growing needs of students and teachers, principals are restructuring the school day, thus making an impact on literacy and the curriculum. A growing problem now affecting the teaching of reading and writing is the increasing number of under-qualified teachers. Because so much information is available in one new medium, the Internet, threats of censorship have increased. Pressure groups want the government to define "reading," and some school buildings are in disrepair. In the meantime, failure to learn to read has been reconceptualized as a problem of disability rather than a socio-economic disadvantage. What is accomplished when "new problems" such as attention deficit disorder are discovered in schoolchildren? Keeping language honest is one way to improve literacy that costs little and adds much to the value of education. Even the concept of literacy has broadened in today's society to include civic literacy, computer literacy, scientific literacy, visual literacy, among others. Improving literacy, however it is defined, will always remain a challenge. (Contains 13 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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