Oceanside READS Literacy Center to Host Open House
October 20, 2011
In California, there are 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. Approximately 24 percent of Californians [adults] are functioning at Level 1 literacy rating, defined simply as "not having adequate reading skills for daily life." These are people who cannot read, must struggle to read, or cannot cope with unfamiliar or complex matters. Contrary to what many believe, these statistics apply to English speaking adults.
For varying reasons, many simply did not learn to read or write in school. This is not an outright denigration of our school system. In some cases, students present challenging learning styles, such as dyslexia, that may place them at a disadvantage in the standard classroom setting. Others may face social or economic circumstances that thwart their ability to learn. The challenges are numerous and the resources are limited.
This is why the Oceanside READS Literacy Center is pushing out an aggressive community outreach effort. On Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the public library center will host a community networking Open House. Special guest will be Mr. John Corcoran, a well-known and previous Oceanside teacher, and author of The Teacher Who Couldn't Read.
Programs like Oceanside READS, which provides free tutoring for adults, can open and enrich individuals' lives by expanding their ability to read and write at higher functional levels.