The Importance of Early Literacy

Most of us know the importance of early literacy, but here’s a really good article by Wayne Grady that sums it all up.  You’ve heard it all before so why should you care?  The following is a short quote from the article with a few stats that I hope will make you sit up and take notice.

according to Statistics Canada, 15 percent of Canadians can’t understand the labels on medicine bottles, 27 percent can’t interpret the warnings on hazardous waste material sheets, and 42 percent are “semi-literate,” which means they technically can read, but their comprehension levels are very low. The Canadian Council on Learning recently noted that 48 percent of Canadians have skills below the internationally accepted standard of literacy required to cope in modern society.

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