Get Your Kids to Read! Dangerous Literacy Levels

The National Literacy Trust has warned that low literacy levels could be incredibly dangerous for our children. It will come as no surprise to many teachers and teaching assistants across the UK that some parents and teachers are having difficulty getting their children involved in reading and reading on a regular basis. Low literacy levels and living in poverty combined can create a reinforcing cycle that will be difficult to break if left unaided in adulthood. So why should we be spending more time on getting our kids to read?

Higher Literacy = Better Communication

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If you read on a regular basis, your vocabulary increases as does your understanding of certain terms, more complex words and common phrases.

By not reinforcing the importance of reading in our children, parents are starving their children of the opportunity to engage in worthwhile and intelligent conversation.

 

Reading Inspires and Encourages Children to Use their own Skills

As a generation, we often rely a little too much on all the technology available at our fingertips. If we don’t know something, we are likely to Google it. In short we have become a little lazy. Just because all this information is readily available, it doesn’t mean we no longer have the need for books and for absorbing information. There may be a time where we don’t have Google, and this is where encouraging children to read on a regular basis can help. They absorb the information presented to them in books and will learn to rely on their own knowledge and experience, instead of just what they can find on Google.

Pupils believe that they are more Tech Savvy than Teachers

A recent survey from Competing at School has come up with the results that around half of young people believe that they are more computer savvy than their teachers and parents. Although this may not be strictly true, it certainly begs the question as to whether or not we are spending enough time on educating our teachers when it comes to information technology.

tech savvy rbTen or fifteen years ago it may have been unheard of for teachers of most subjects to be any more computer literate than needing to know how to use the basic office works, however nowadays computer literacy is an essential skill for all subjects.

While there are still courses available to help teachers gain a better understanding of computers, how to use the internet and how to increase online security, more must be done to help teachers and pupils use computers and the internet as an access for learning. In some cases, teachers need to express concerns when they feel they need extra training and schools should attempt to assist in teacher training in order to ensure the safety of our children while engaging in online activities.