Literacy Rates Directly Affect the Economy

The headline reads: Nearly half of adult Canadians struggle with literacy — and that’s bad for the economy. Overstating things? Overly dramatic? Far fetched? I think not. Just for a second consider how that affects the lives, mental health and self-esteem of individuals with literacy struggles.

This website is about teaching children how to read. Among the more mundane things that fill our lives, it is so easy to lose sight of one, critical, simple fact: as adults, while carrying out our daily activities, our ability to read is integral and critical to almost all of those daily activities. And encouraging the ability to read into and through our adult years is essential to leading a successful and happy life particularly in today’s more technological society. You as teachers of reading lay the foundations for that adult literacy.