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.