I’ve heard that in an era of war, a culture will significantly drop in literacy rates, as well as the arts. Music, poetry, fine arts, dance, fine acting, literature; and yes, the ability to read… in other words, the things which make us most human, most humane and civil.
Where is our culture after nearly a century of perpetual wars? Hmmm…
To say in a high wispy voice, “I want world peace,” makes me sound a bit like a beauty contestant on the film, Miss Congeniality.
So, what can we do?
Teach little ones to read. How is it possible to teach reading before talking to any kid, hurt or well? Simple: READING IS DONE WITH THE EYES; not the ears, not the mouth. When was the last time you saw a speed reader moving their lips? Never!
Light travels at about 186000 miles per second. Sound travels through air at about 0.213 miles per second. Our brains work the same way, our eyes simply process faster. This is why phonics is such a bad idea. I am saddened to say; it’s true.
I have heard story after story after story of little boys living with the sensory chaos we call “Autistic,” and they are teaching THEMSELVES to read at 2 and 3 years old.
An official “educator” recently said to me, that the ability to tie ones shoes is a sign of reading readiness…and that parents need to know this, and be patient. HOGWASH!! This is complete RUBBISH!! Reading readiness comes with the ability to SEE with ones eyes. If your child is completely blind, then hold off on teaching them to read; and get them seeing first. 😉
When we find the pathways into the brain; we give a child the world entire. When we inspire a love of reading; we give them an education; we give them the world of books.
In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”