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ERIC Number: EJ833273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Living Literacy: A Cycle of Life to Text and Text to Life
Washor, Elliot; Mojkowski, Charles; Foster, Deborah
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n7 p521-523 Mar 2009
In a December 2007 "New Yorker" article, "Twilight of the Books," author Caleb Crain laments the decline of literacy in the United States, citing a number of studies indicating that "Americans are losing not just the will to read but even the ability." Many share Crain's angst. While the authors wouldn't disagree with Crain's point, it does beg the question of whether the cause-and-effect relationship works both ways. That is, do experiences motivate reading? The authors believe they do and, based on their work in developing literate children and young adults, feel that Crain, and perhaps many of those researchers he cites, have overlooked the powerful interchange between young people's experiences in the world and what they read. In this article, the authors discuss why life-to-text and text-to-life cycle is not addressed in most schools. They opine that educators must help the youth develop habits and practices of literacy that will stay with them for the long haul, not short-term "measurable results" that do nothing for them in the long run.
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Language: English
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