Richmond County Literacy Network
What is Literacy?
Literacy Myth #1:
“You either read or you do not; you are either literate or not.”
Literacy is no longer a question of whether someone can read or write, but a question of how well a person can read, write and use numbers in most everyday situations be it at home, at work or in the community. It affects our ability to participate and make decisions in society.
Literacy Myth #2:
“Literacy and education are the same thing.”
Although there is a link between education and literacy, the connection is not definite. Some people with little formal schooling can acquire high literacy skills outside of school through life experiences and personal initiative. Others have literacy skills either above or below their actual education levels. Therefore, education plays an important role in developing literacy skills, but it is not the sole determinant of a person’s literacy levels.
Literacy Myth #3:
“Literacy is like riding a bicycle - once you’ve got it, you never lose it.”
Literacy skills are like muscles. If you do not use them, you will lose them. Literacy-rich work environments foster the development of literacy skills as much as they require them. People who work with a variety of printed materials on the job or at home are reinforcing and developing their literacy skills. People who do not have an opportunity to read and write regularly do not benefit as they are not practicing these skills.
Believe in yourself! It’s never too late to learn. Begin today to improve your literacy skills through practice.
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