Literacy and Me

I recently read a fun read titled, YourFlyingCarAwaits, by Paul Milo. It was full of predictions about what life would be like in the twenty-first century. One chapter dealt with how technological advances had already influenced education and which predictions made last century had or had not come true. After dealing with predictions made decades ago about what education and student knowledge and intelligence would be like in the twenty-first century, Milo presents some interesting developments.

“In fact, at least in America, academic performance is, by many estimates, worse today than it was a generation ago–and it’s certainly not true to say that the typical high school junior in 2009 (year book was published) would be considered as bright as the brightest of forty years ago.

“Nor has a university education become compulsory, although many more people attend college today than in the late 1960s. Ultimately, however, the progress…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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