Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths

Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths

Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths

Date posted: September 12, 2019

How do you address misconceptions about literacy?

Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths is a new policy brief from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and Scott Murray, it describes and debunks the following myths:

  • Myth 1: Everyone can read so there can’t be a literacy problem.
  • Myth 2: More education means better literacy.
  • Myth 3: The literacy skills built in school last a lifetime.
  • Myth 4: Literacy and income aren’t related the way technical skills and income are.
  • Myth 5: Literacy doesn’t affect health and well-being.
  • Myth 6: Canada’s literacy scores are high by international standards, so we don’t have a problem.
  • Myth 7: Literacy isn’t a big enough issue to influence the economy.
  • Myth 8: Canada’s literacy problem will disappear as less educated adults age out of the workforce.
  • Myth 9: It’s immigrants who bring Canada’s literacy rates down.
  • Myth 10: It’s too difficult and expensive to upgrade adult literacy skills.
  • Myth 11: If someone has low literacy skills, then it’s their problem.

In addition to outlining these myths, the full report draws conclusions and offers recommendations.

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