tagged w/ Literacy
Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink/
soon to be, reality, we're sitting on the brink-of-the, disaster thats unthinkable/
our kitchens full of liquid that's undrinkable/
while others have no sink at all/
we dont blink, we turn blind eyeball at the squall/
thinkin that the rain will fall/
sipin on the pain thats bottled, causing us to thirst and quarel/
waring over water woes, worse than whitey versus navajo's/
when the wells are worthless/
and were workin just to quench our thirst/
enough to make me clench up /first my fist/
then squeez out all my strenghth, I'm pissed/
that this problem does exist/ but we dont listen to the list of worries/
bliss is not what im infering, opposite -my visions blurring/
see mirage, change is not occuring/
bird brains dying/ all red herrings/Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink/ soon to be, reality, we're... more
A new state law requires that Texas public schools incorporate Bible literacy into the curriculum. But the law provides no specific guidelines, funding for materials or teacher training. So high schools are left scrambling to figure out what to teach and how to teach it.A new state law requires that Texas public schools incorporate Bible literacy into the... more
Part of this week's NY Times Magazine special issue, Saving the World's Women. Discuss them all at current.com/feminism.
In the late 1970s, a Ph.D. student named Monica Das Gupta was conducting anthropological fieldwork in Haryana, a state in the north of India. She observed something striking about families there: parents had a fervent preference for male offspring. Women who had given birth to only daughters were desperate for sons and would keep having children until they had one or two. Midwives were even paid less when a girl was born. “It’s something you notice coming from outside,” says Das Gupta, who today studies population and public health in the World Bank’s development research group. “It just leaps out at you.”
Das Gupta saw that educated, independent-minded women shared this prejudice in Haryana, a state that was one of India’s richest and most developed. In fact, the bias against girls was far more pronounced there than in the poorer region in the east of India where Das Gupta was from. She decided to study the issue in Punjab, then India’s richest state, which had a high rate of female literacy and a high average age of marriage. There too the prejudice for sons flourished. Along with Haryana, Punjab had the country’s highest percentage of so-called missing girls — those aborted, killed as newborns or dead in their first few years from neglect.
Here was a puzzle: Development seemed to have not only failed to help many Indian girls but to have made things worse.
It is rarely good to be female anywhere in the developing world today, but in India and China the situation is dire: in those countries, more than 1.5 million fewer girls are born each year than demographics would predict, and more girls die before they turn 5 than would be expected. (In China in 2007, there were 1.73 million births — and a million missing girls.) Millions more grow up stunted, physically and intellectually, because they are denied the health care and the education that their brothers receive.
Among policymakers, the conventional wisdom is that such selective brutality toward girls can be mitigated by two factors. One is development: surely the wealthier the home, the more educated the parents, the more plugged in to the modern economy, the more a family will invest in its girls. The other is focusing aid on women. The idea is that a mother who has more money, knowledge and authority in the family will direct her resources toward all her children’s health and education. She will fight for her girls.Part of this week's NY Times Magazine special issue, Saving the World's... more
How did such a sizeable portion of modern society develop into a post-literate, fantasy-fueled, perma-reality show? Noted reporter Chris Hedges joins us in the studio to discuss his new book: The Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.How did such a sizeable portion of modern society develop into a post-literate,... more
"at the height of its use in the 1950s, more than half the nation's blind children were learning Braille. Today, Braille is considered by many to be too difficult, too outdated, a last resort.
Instead, teachers ask students to rely on audio texts, voice-recognition software or other technology. And teachers who know Braille often must shuttle between schools, resulting in haphazard instruction, the report says.
"You can find good teachers of the blind in America, but you can't find good programs," said Marc Maurer, the group's president. "There is not a commitment to this population that is at all significant almost anywhere."
Using technology as a substitute for Braille leaves blind people illiterate, the federation said, citing studies that show blind people who know Braille are more likely to earn advanced degrees, find good jobs and live independently.
"It's really sad that so many kids are being shortchanged," said Debby Brackett of Stuart, Fla., who pressured schools to provide capable Braille teachers for her 12-year-old daughter, Winona.
One study found that 44 percent of participants who grew up reading Braille were unemployed, compared with 77 percent for those who relied on print. Overall, blind adults face 70 percent unemployment.""at the height of its use in the 1950s, more than half the nation's blind... more
Graham Stringer, a Labour MP for Blackley, has come out with some pretty bold claims: Stringer says dyslexia is a myth used to cover poor teaching methods. He says children should be taught to read and write by using synthetic phonics. "The education establishment, rather than admit that their eclectic and incomplete methods for instruction are at fault, have invented a brain disorder called dyslexia," said the MP. Stringer cites the high literacy rates of countries like Nicaragua and South Korea as evidence. Dyslexia affects 10% of his constituents.Graham Stringer, a Labour MP for Blackley, has come out with some pretty bold claims:... more
There was a time when comic books and their characters were looked upon with a disdainful eye. Now comics are as popular as ever and comic book characters are popping up everywhere – on television, in movies, video games, clothing, you name it. Comic heroes aren’t just saving the world and fighting the forces of evil, though. They’re also helping children, thanks to The Comic Book Project, an arts-based literacy and learning program.There was a time when comic books and their characters were looked upon with a... more
What is salvation? Salvation is the act of saving or being saved, as in saved from damnation according to Webster’s 21st century dictionary. Salvation is more then just a feeling or expression used to say you’re not like everyone else. What is a struggle? Struggling is to strive, fight and make a strenuous effect of according to Webster’s 21st century dictionary. Struggling is not something someone can place in a box because many people are struggling with in, trapped in some vicious cycle without peace or hope for their futures. “To him who can keep us from falling “
Terrance L Xavier BurtonDescription: What is salvation? Salvation is the act of saving or being saved, as... more
SAN BERNARDINO - It started as a single-student arrangement for tutoring between a parent and a Cal State San Bernardino professor.
More than five years later, the effort has blossomed into the new, state-of-the-art Watson and Associates Literacy Center on the college campus.
The literacy center is inside the university's new $51 million College of Education building.
It includes three classrooms, 10 individual tutoring rooms, a resource library and a kitchen.
It's a far cry from the early days in Mary Jo Skillings' small campus office. Skillings is chairwoman of the Language, Literacy and Culture Department. In 2003, she kept getting phone calls from a mother looking for someone to help her 8-year-old son with his reading struggles.
Skillings agreed to do the tutoring herself and then decided to write a proposal for a literacy center to serve more K-12 students, she said.SAN BERNARDINO - It started as a single-student arrangement for tutoring between a... more
Among 130 countries, Yemen has come the last for the third consecutive year in gender equality, according to the World Economic Forums Global Gender Gap Report 2008, which was released earlier this week.
Yemen continues to occupy the last position in the region as well as in the overall rankings, being the only country in the world to have closed less than 50 per cent of its gender gap, the report said.
However, it made gains on economic participation, educational attainment and political empowerment this year, the report says.
There are women representatives in parliament, in local councils and in political parties. However, there is still a huge gap between men and women in the political participation because of illiteracy. The percentage of illiteracy among women is high with about 60 per cent, while illiteracy among men is estimated at 30 per cent, she said.
Yemen remained in the last position; in 2006 and 2007 reports, and ranked the last in gender equality.
Most Middle East and North Africa region countries continue to perform far below the global average; countries such as Tunisia, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, Egypt, Morocco and Yemen have all shown improvements in scores.
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I thought this article was interesting considering it is from an Arab newspaper and I think its important for the region to bring attention to this problem and see how it affects overall human equality in the nation.
Should the Western world push their beliefs of gender equality on the Middle East to improve the lives of women in the region? Or would that be an example of disrespecting their traditions and beliefs? Or, should the Western world simply take care of their own problems within their borders regarding the well being of their own people before solving gender inequality issues overseas?Among 130 countries, Yemen has come the last for the third consecutive year in gender... more
It's dusty and lacks power and drinking water and the children share books.
But it is open, giving several hours of education a day to more than 1,000 boys and, in the afternoons, more than 600 girls.
It is a rarity. The vast majority of children in Helmand cannot go to school.
Khalai Kohna managed to open earlier this year because Lashkar Gah is a bubble of relative security, even though it's surrounded by the Taleban.
One of the school's science teachers, Abdul Raziq, says the fight against the Taleban must also take place in the classroom.It's dusty and lacks power and drinking water and the children share books.... more
Close to 40 per cent of prison inmates have a reading age lower than that of an 11-year old, according to an influential committee of MPs.
"A large proportion of prisoners and offenders serving community sentences have a desperate need of improved learning and skills, if they are to get a job on release," said Edward Leigh, chair of the committee for public accounts.
A report by the committee published this morning stressed the role of basic vocational training in reducing re-offending, but only half of inmates have any qualifications at all.
Efforts to help the offenders with severe learning needs are weakened by insufficient cooperation between bodies meant to address it, the report said.
"The Offenders' Learning and Skills Service was set up to overcome long-standing problems in the delivery of skills and learning for offenders. In practice, it has failed in almost every respect," said Mr Leigh.
MPs on the committee found the service to be badly organised, with no standardised progress evaluation and no core curriculum. These shortages hinder cooperation between the relevant organisations as well as their ability to deliver learning and skills to offenders.
Interdepartmental confusion and disagreement, as well as disorder within the government's own Learning and Skills Council, is hindering any attempt to formulate an effective scheme, the report found.
Calling the situation "counterproductive and wasteful", Mr Leigh called upon the relevant agencies – including the Prison Service and the Department for Innovation and Skills – to work together to develop and uphold clear and consistent priorities, learning plans, and assessment standards. Close to 40 per cent of prison inmates have a reading age lower than that of an... more
LA GLORIA, Colombia: In a ritual repeated nearly every weekend for the past decade here in Colombia's war-weary Caribbean hinterlands, Luis Soriano gathered his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, in front of his home on a recent Saturday afternoon.
Sweating already under the unforgiving sun, he strapped pouches with the word "Biblioburro" painted in blue letters to the donkeys' backs and loaded them with an eclectic cargo of books destined for people living in the small villages beyond.LA GLORIA, Colombia: In a ritual repeated nearly every weekend for the past decade... more
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).
BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.
BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of CongressBanned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of... more
Some recent researches revealed that six million Italians are not capable of writing or reading. Another 13 million people run the risk of becoming illitterate in the next years. The highest rate was registered in Southern Italy.
Some recent researches revealed that six million Italians are not capable of writing... more
Teaching literacy is Bahrul Ulumiyah Suheb’s driving passion. Though Indonesia has a high rate of literacy, in Bahrul’s town several thousand people cannot write, read or count. Sixty percent of those are women, she adds.
A teacher by profession, Bahrul makes her living by teaching elementary school students and also gives a great deal of her time and energy as a volunteer with Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia—a non-profit organization that focuses on women’s empowerment. The organization coordinates several different programs for women, but abolishing illiteracy is one of its main activities.
Bahrul says there are four literacy groups running with about 40 women participating this year. She particularly likes seeing older women learn to read, “even if it’s just one word.” She says that the grandchildren of these women often accompany them to class and may help them learn. “I like this program very much because, as a teacher, I have to implement my skills and it fits with my background. I like to teach them spelling one by one of the alphabet.”
Bahrul is also clearly excited about her work with women’s clubs. Since 2006, her volunteer organization has established four such clubs (with about 200 women participating) and there are plans to have three additional ones for those women now involved in the literacy program. These clubs provide a vehicle to help women access information, which Bahrul believes is central to giving women more of a voice in Indonesia.
Bahrul Suheb, CEDPA GWIM graduate
Barhrul empowers the women in her community by teaching them how to read.
The women’s club members, who often meet in local homes, may participate in microcredit initiatives and also receive “hot news,” skills training, and small door prizes. She cited, for example, the information they disseminated for an upcoming governor’s election, such as “how to choose the best candidate with the best vision.”
Bahrul herself gained from the information sharing and interactions with others at CEDPA’s Summer 2008 Global Women in Management training program, which was supported through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educating Women and Girls Initiative. She says she has valued “know[ing] leaders from other countries, shar[ing] experience, and adapt[ing] experience for my organization.” Bahrul hopes to transfer the knowledge she gained at CEDPA’s training to the capacity building she is doing in local communities. “I have to transform my new knowledge to my members and to beneficiaries in some villages,” she says.
Most of Bahrul’s work as a volunteer is done on evenings and weekends. She often leaves home early and returns late, and is happy to report that her family supports her activities. In a family of seven siblings and with parents who are farmers, Bahrul is largely self-sufficient and had to pay her own way through college.
Bahrul says that most of the people in her village—about 20 km away from Tuban where the local office of Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia is based—are open-minded about what she does. But she says that being a single, working woman in Indonesia isn’t always easy, both because the culture there remains very male-dominated and women who have education are sometimes looked down upon.
It can be an ongoing challenge. Bahrul mentioned that “in villager’s meetings in Tuban, for example, almost all the participants are men. Women in the village are not represented in decision making.” So, she tries “to change the monopoly of men in public.” Bahrul teaches members of the women’s clubs in the villages to become as informed as the men so they can contribute ideas. She also says that “gender training can help change minds,” and mentioned annual gender trainings that her organization holds for college students, housewives and farmers “to increase awareness of women’s skills and equality.”
*continuesTeaching literacy is Bahrul Ulumiyah Suheb’s driving passion. Though Indonesia... more
In honor of September 11 victim Brooke Jackman, over 10,000 disadvantaged children throughout New York will receive the gift of a new book.
On Aug. 28th, what would have been Brookes’s 30th birthday, the Brooke Jackman Foundation launched their new “Book in Hand” program at P.S. 250 in Brooklyn. Wrapped with care in colorful paper, each child received a free book. The program, which will continue through Sept. 11, will become an annual tradition for the foundation.
“The basic premise is that every child in every one of our programs gets a present for Brooke’s birthday,” said Brooke’s sister, Erin Jackman. “The present being a brand new book”
During the day-long program, children also enjoyed a book reading by author, Jill Santopolo, a lunch, and a slide show presentation about how the Brooke Jackman Foundation was formed.
Having just graduated from Columbia University at the age of 23, Brooke was working at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the North tower when the terrorist attack hit in 2001. According to Erin, Brooke had a passion for reading and, just prior to the fateful day, had announced to her family that she wanted to go back to school so that she could work with children.
Combining Brooke’s dreams to help children and her passion to read, her family started the Brooke Jackman Foundation in her memory shortly after her memorial service was held. “Since she was a little girl she loved to read and was never without her books,” said Booke’s sister, Erin. Since then we decided to combine her desire to help children and her love of reading and we started the foundation.”
Since its inception, the foundation has grown and flourished, reaching out to thousands of underprivileged children throughout New York. Among the numerous programs it now hosts are its intensive Family Literacy Workshops in Washington Heights and Brooklyn, as well as its “Brooke Packs” program which gives backpacks filled with books, audio books, Walkmans, and school supplies to children living in temporary housing. The foundation has also established two libraries with plans to open a third later this year.
Recalling one of the families reached through the Family Literacy Workshops, Erin mentioned that one mother and child had come to attend week after week. She later approached Erin to thank her, mentioning that after the program, both she and her daughter read every chance they get. “She handed me these flowers and said, ‘thank you for helping my daughter and me to blossom,’” said Erin.
Erin mentioned that, with their new “Book in Hand,” initiative, the foundation hopes to touch the lives of even more children. “I’d like to see my sister’s love of reading spread to all of the kids in all of our programs,” Erin said.In honor of September 11 victim Brooke Jackman, over 10,000 disadvantaged children... more
A new website is being launched which is aimed at helping deaf children improve their literacy skills.
The site, called Signed Stories, is being developed by Gateshead-based ITV Signpost after statistics from the National Deaf Society revealed the disparity between the GCSE results of deaf and hearing children, reports The Journal.
Just 33 per cent of deaf children achieve five GCSE A-C grades compared with 60 per cent of hearing children, which ITV Signpost managing director Malcolm Wright describes as 'scandalous'.
A total of 100 contemporary children's books will be put online in British Sign Language and will feature animation, text and audio recorded by the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, with 200 more to be added by 2011.
'The world that these children live in is dominated by the English language and it can take a long time for parents to learn sign language and interact with their children,' said Mr Wright.
'Hopefully our site will help combat this and give deaf children a boost with their literacy skills.'
ITV Signpost is the UK's largest provider of on-screen British Sign Language and provides services for every platform, including television, DVD and the internet.
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