Weekly Geeks: Literacy in Canada

This week’s theme: Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. Find several books addressing that issue; they don’t have to books you’ve read, just books you might like to read. Using images (of the book covers or whatever you feel illustrates your topic) present these books in your blog.

Not surprisingly, I feel strongly about literacy. Every so often statistics appear in the news that shock me about reading in this country. Just today I found this well written article from the CBC: Canada's Shame, "42 per cent of Canadians are semi-illiterate." I actually shouldn't be surprised. Funding for school libraries keeps dropping and it's up to parents through fundraising and in some cases corporations like Chapters to stack the bookshelves of our schools. I do not understand this. A good government should know that a literate society is crucial to a functioning country: more educated people pay taxes instead of living off of them.

Unfortunately as well, there are just some parents who don't care about education. I know this because I know some teachers who are frustrated on a daily basis by this antipathy. It isn't hard to take your kids to the library and get books into their hands.

I could go on forever about this, but I'll leave you with a snippet from the documentary that brought tears to my eyes The Writing on the Wall.


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