Literacy skills are an important part of any individual’s ability to have a successful life. Rene Schillinger has dedicated his career to helping schools in the Poughkeepsie, New York area improve their students’ literacy. While literacy is beneficial for each individual, it also benefits society in a number of ways. Here are some ways that improving literacy skills can help improve society.
- The safety of society is improved. According to the non-profit, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, eighty percent of incarcerated individuals are functionally illiterate. When a child is able to read at grade level by the end of grade three, they are less likely to become violent or involved in drugs.
- Educational success is improved. The success of a child in school is very dependent on their ability to read. Children that struggle with literacy have an increased risk for absenteeism, dropping out, and juvenile delinquency.
- The standard of living is improved. Having basic literacy allows children to obtain higher paying jobs, which helps to improve the economy and the standard of living for the community.
The single most important part of education is literacy, without it, all other learning is impossible. Being able to read, write, speak, and listen is the best way to gain more knowledge and be able to succeed in society. Being literate improves a child’s chances of finding gainful employment, helping to boost the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, and increasing the United States ability to compete with other countries. Rene Schillinger has been helping schools and teachers improve their students’ literacy as an educational consultant.