Sep 09 2009

This Can’t Be Rite, I mean Right

Published by at 7:19 am under Canada,Causes

Almost half of adult Canadians illiterate.

If true, this is an under-reported crisis that not too many people knew about. Everybody goes to school. So why is it that so many Canadians can’t read well enough to get a job or fill out an insurance application?

I don’t get it. Someone, please explain this one to me.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “This Can’t Be Rite, I mean Right”

  1. MrEdon 09 Sep 2009 at 8:45 am

    Is it maybe the simple fact that they don’t actually speak either of Canada’s official languages or maybe just the one required in the study to qualify as literate???

  2. Durwardon 09 Sep 2009 at 11:12 am

    Could be Mr ED, but it could also be partly because our schools care more about teaching socialism and anti-Americanism than it does the actual curriculum, who needs to read or write if you can chant slogans and smash windows for a living in the pursuit of living off other peoples money?

  3. Rhondaon 09 Sep 2009 at 2:20 pm

    The problem with the students not being able to read or write is that the policy of the school boards is that no child with be allowed to fail….it might hurt their self-esteem…so they are moved along no matter how they perform in school…by the time they reach grade 9 or higher they can neither read or write to keep up with the class so they drop out. I know because I worked with kids who never got the attention to help them read or write…how amazing when they finally discover that knowing how to read is the key to success. Non readers and writers tend to raise their own kids the same way thus it continues. When you fail a child in their early years it may hurt their feelings but it doesn’t get any better as they proceed through the higher grades, it only gets worse and makes them feel useless thus they drop out and become a dependant on the social support system. People have pleaded with their childrens teachers, principals and school boards to hold their child back but they are refused all the time…it is very frusterating to say the least and it leaves it up to the parent to step in and help their child, unfortunately there are many that refuse to do so or are incapable to do so

  4. Pattisonon 10 Sep 2009 at 4:51 pm

    It doesn’t seem that unlikely to me. I’m pretty sure my Winnipeg grandmother would have qualified as “illiterate” – she and my grandfather dropped out of school in grades 1 and 2 respectively because they were needed on their family farms. There are a lot of very old Canadians of whom this is probably true, and the elderly make up an ever-growing percentage of our population. And immigrants make a big chunk of the rest. Here in Toronto, my now-retired cleaning lady used to bring me her mail to read to her, although English was her first language, and a slim majority of the other parents at my kids’ school speak none of our official languages. They may be able to read in Tagalog or Tamil, but I’m pretty sure that’s not considered “literacy” by the people who did the study, since it won’t help them fill out their tax forms or apply for jobs outside of their own communities.

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