Top Stories in Literacy December 12

Orange County School Board Member Takes the FCAT
The man in question is Rick Roach, who is in his fourth four-year term representing District 3 on the Board of Education in Orange County, Fl., a public school system with 180,000 students. Now in his 13th year on the board, he had considered taking the test for a while as he began to increasingly question whether the results really reflected a student’s ability.

Learning English: Social Networking
BBC has great resources for Adult learners. They also have specific tutor help pages for math, money, and ESL. Each week they cover a new topic with the “Learning English section.” This past week it was “Social Networking.”

Margaret Atwood says Twitter, internet boost literacy
Rather than turn our noses up at Twitter, we should celebrate it and the internet as new platforms for instant communication and as drivers of literacy, says CanLit legend Margaret Atwood.

Former NFL Players launch campaign to boost literacy
In March, it was reported that about 22 percent of Broward County’s adult population is illiterate. They saw a related problem when they passed out forms to middle and high school-aged youths who wanted to attend a football clinic. For the most part, they could not complete the paperwork.

No place in class for digital illiterates
This 20th-century notion of literacy has, I believe, mutated as the world has evolved in the face of a barrage of technologies that allow for different forms of expression and different levels of interaction: both with media and with other readers, writers, producers and editors.