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macdonaldke
reply: Quality of life
Fri May 29, 2015 23:05
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I like your spin on the statement Kelsie, that reading is a foundation of quality of life, but does it necessary have to be independent reading? I can somewhat agree with the author in the way that we should never underestimate the power of being able to read. Learning to read helps us transition to "reading to learn" which will be used for the remainder of one's life. I cannot imagine the frustration and shame that comes from being older and still unable to read, and how much it would affect day-to-day life even out of the school environment. Producing confident and strong readers should be a goal of every teacher. However, reading that is independent does not have to be silent or inaccessible if the text is too hard. One could learn to use the resources around oneself such as a dictionary, the internet, and other sources to work through the text and understand it as best as possible. This author was trying to stress the importance of literacy skills, which I can appreciate, but to say that it is the basis of the quality of life is a bit extreme.

  • Re: Quality of Life - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 15:31
    I read this article and made note of this exact phrase. "Literacy skills, especially silent reading comprehension, serve as the foundation for learning, independence, and quality of life for all... more
    • reply: Quality of life - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 23:05
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