Happy International Literacy Day, everyone!
You’ll recall from last year that International Literacy Day celebrates the achievements of new readers, as well as educators, and activists. It’s also a celebration of the many types of literacy, and a public acknowledgement of their interconnectedness.
Today, you should thank a teacher, consider the implications of an educational system that treats testing as the end-all be-all of evaluation, and celebrate the organizations that empower scholars, writers, readers, and activists to share the joys of learning with others. Remember: Literacy is a human right, one not always guaranteed by the state or bolstered with institutional support.