02 September 2009

National Literacy Day-September 8th

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

The ability to string together a few letters, understand a word and then a few more words to become a sentence, "See Spot run." was a noteworthy moment in my life. From that point on, I devoured what ever book was put within my reach. Like breathing, reading became a necessary function that enabled me to imagine places and people that were outside my world. The ability to read and as a result, spell and write, set my mind on fire and made the possibilities endless.

I owe much of my success and happiness to the ability to read--it built foundations of understanding,taught compassion, fueled dreams and offered a place of contemplation. Now more than ever I believe that education, not just in the US, but throughout the world, is the answer to many of our concerns.

What can we each do to help make this happen?--here's an example--one small step..imagine the possiblities.


Wendy said...

Thanks for mentioning my project, C.M.! Hopefully we can engage citizens all over the world to fight poverty with literacy, just one small latte at a time!

Peace Corps Volunteer

C.M. Jackson said...

my pleasure

Coffee Messiah said...

Seems since I was a kid, here in the usa, we are dumbing down and accepting it, rather than fighting it.

When my son was younger, I read Steve Allens Dumbth and it was enlightening and also most of it has come true.

Luckily, we all don't fall for it ; )



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