First and foremost, we must recognize that we are a literacy-driven society. In the simplest of terms, across the span of our history, we have sought to understand each other and in turn, be understood. Effective communication has always propelled change foreword at the personal, community and world levels. All Arizona stakeholders need to have a sense of purpose and responsibility in raising up literate young adults.
“Adolescents entering the adult world of the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens and conduct their personal lives.”
“The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence and crime is welded to reading failure.”
“The most expensive burden we place on society is those students we have failed to teach to read well. The silent army of low readers who move through our schools, siphoning off the lion’s share of administrative resources, emerge into society as adults lacking the single prerequisite for managing their lives and acquiring additional training. They are chronically unemployed, underemployed, or unemployable. They form the single largest identifiable group of those whom we incarcerate, and to whom we provide assistance, housing, medical care, and other social services. They perpetuate and enlarge the problem by creating another generation of poor readers.”
Fielding, L., Kerr, N., & Rosier, P.
Speaking and Listening
There is frequently a chasm between what we know to be the best action and what we do. The connecting tissue is often the courage to act.
Effective leaders act with heart. In the final analysis, their decisions are informed by judgment, but emanate from their core purpose, values, and intention. They act with a Courageous Leadership Imperative.
A. M. Blankstein