Literacy Is Freedom
There was a time when it was illegal for certain people to read and write in this country (see Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass). This time has ended, but there are still forces working hard to suppress your literacy skills, or your ability to read, write, and think for yourself. Entertainment and popular culture make it seem like you can express your ideas at the level of a 3rd grader for the rest of your life; the media spotlights people who use only the most basic vocabulary and sentence structures, people who flaunt their ability to get by on inherited wealth and little thought or care. Video games and tv keep you from picking up books. Your first language might be devalued. But don't let any of that fool you. All of the words you know, in every language, count. They are your building blocks to freedom. They are your tools to oppose the forces that keep you down, that keep you from going to college or in a position to best help yourself, your family, and your friends. Now we fight to ensure our freedom and right to pursue all opportunities.
Are you READY?