Raising a LITERATE child — in more ways than one

There are multiple kinds of literacy. There is the type of literacy where a person is able to read and write just well enough to function in society. Most people manage to attain this, but don’t try to go any further.

Another kind of literacy takes things somewhat farther. It is literacy that is founded in being able to analyze the deeper meaning of what is being read. Most of the “casual” reading that we see in our society is lacking in a deeper meaning much of the time. When it is there, however, we tend to develop a “modern classic”. Examples of this are 1984 by George Orwell and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. We as readers need to progress past the understanding found in the basic literacy.

The reason for the need for the deeper literacy is so that we can see the lessons in classic writing. This is what I hope to create for my daughter.

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