Literacy is everywhere; embrace it

Many people hear the word “literacy” and immediately think of English classes. However, literacy is everywhere.

In fact, synonyms for the word “literacy” are not “writing” or “reading” like one might expect, but consist of “knowledge,” “learning,” and “refinement.”

While reading and writing are aspects of literacy, there are many more everyday aspects to literacy as well. The realization that speaking and listening are both aspects of literacy can change one’s mindset on the topic as a whole. 

Before, during, and after school, students and teachers are constantly exposed to literacy, whether they recognize it or not.

Literacy is one of the constants in every class students attend. No matter what course, language will be present. Whether it comes to word problems, class discussions, or even a lecture from a teacher, you can’t avoid literacy throughout the school day.

Literacy is also present in aspects of everyday life. Teams require communication to know what plays should be executed during games, and practice detailed strategies to improve forms and overall performance. Literacy is heavily involved in this process. 

Even concepts that seem simple, such as social media, can have literary concepts subtly included. Considering whether or not you agree with a post requires knowledge, and social media often can present serious ideas and concepts, no matter the platform. 

If you can acknowledge that literacy is everywhere, you should embrace it.

“To borrow from one of my favorite quotes from The West Wing, literacy is the silver bullet. It’s the cornerstone of education. Literacy holds all of the disciplines together and transcends the classroom,” recites Kayla Clevenger, leader of the GRC literacy team. “You use your literacy skills every second of the day, so why wouldn’t you want to engage in improving them?” 

Literacy should be encouraged, as it makes everyone a more well-rounded individual. Engaging in riveting conversations and using the power of knowledge can improve the mindset of society itself. 

Embracing literacy is embracing proficiency and advancement. It’s always wise to captivate one’s mind, and acknowledging the power of language is one simple way to do that.  

Ruthie Houston puts the strength literacy has into words, saying, “Those who are literate have more knowledge; knowledge transcends into power. Literacy allows people to have access to endless choices and pathways, which gives them the power to do anything.”