What does it mean to be literate?
Nicholas Accardo
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I really enjoyed your inclusion of the video “The Reader.” Definitely didn’t see it turning into a whiskey advertisement, but more importantly I think the video did a good job of driving home your point that literacy is gained through social interactions. We see the father experiencing a classroom, playing a game, ordering food, etc and it is actually all of these social experiences that help him learn to read.

I agree with your statement that “the old understanding of literacy, the ability to read and write, is not broad enough because there are so many different people, places, lifestyles, and interests.” I think sometimes we all take very egocentric viewpoints about specific ideas…why should we get to decide that literacy means the ability to read or write (in English)?!

Your personal experience with climbing was also a great addition to how literacy is not a fixed concept!

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