Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!
Posted by wordforit on September 20, 2007
Here I am among you and you have restored my faith in our ability. I have read blogs that make me laugh, some make me go “Huh?” and some make me feel like an I.D.10.T. I then realize you allow me to be good at what I’m good at and I just go with the flow, showing the same courtesy! I see folk from different parts of the world and that’s a sign that they also want to share in this amazing medium. This is so cool!
I love the blogs that give praise to God and am happy to know that I have family here. I have been a Christian many years and have studied and meditated in depth, yet I have learned from and enjoyed the uplifting thoughts others share every day since I began.
I am becoming less intimidated and more apt to hit “publish” rather than wonder… I remind myself that my beliefs do not allow me to hide my light under a bush so I am going to do my best to make what I share worthy of God-granted ability.
When I read the average reading level statistics, I felt overwhelmed! It makes my head hurt to think about Americans not being able to read! The predominant grade level for reading averages throughout the reports I read was eighth for high school graduates!
When I sat down to write after I read that, I was constantly going in to “tools” in my Word program and clicking on “spelling and grammar” to find out how many passive sentences I had and what grade level the writing was on. I was going crazy trying to get to eighth grade. I gave up on that effort. Who’s dumbing down whom? Scholarly can be monotonous although necessary at times, but ignorance is not bliss.
There are reports and essays all over the internet and elsewhere telling us that we have an illiteracy epidemic. If you’ve read my “Zero Reading Level?” post, you know that I have encountered individuals who are plagued with this malady. That may sound corny, but I think it’s something we can have a part in redeeming.
Start at home, but read with children every chance you get. I don’t know if it’s allowed in all schools, understandable if not, but in my area, adults volunteer to read a certain number of days in a school year. The local library has a lot of similar programs, especially in the summer.
I am the aunt who always makes sure books are a part of long visits. My son was reading before he started school and I think it may be partly due to having books before he could talk and seeing me and other adults reading. It was natural that he wanted to be in on the action. I promise, he’s a genius! ;-)
The controversy about which way to teach reading, letters vs. whole words, seems redundant. Feel free to offer input, but learning whole words without being able to sound out letters in the first place would seem to limit the amount of words learned, hence, vocabulary and reading is impeded. English is not an easy language but that’s not a viable excuse.
I am not a scholar but thank God for parents, teachers, and others who cared that I know how to find information, dissect it and think for myself. Anyone who cannot read is missing out on those privileges. Like everything else, it is up to each person to take this reading issue personal.
If you’re interested, here is an essay I like:
Thanks again for entertaining and enlightening! Happy blogging!