I’m sure most of us have thought what our personal world would be like if we were illiterate. At most, we don’t really give it much thought unless we work or are associated in a field with folks that are illiterate.  I know for the most part, I don’t!

I have a yard man (guy that does odd jobs for me) that is illiterate. He is 66 yrs old and has worked in “pulpwood” in south Georgia all his life. Hard dirty work! Started when he was just a boy cause his family needed the money. Raised a family, has grandchildren, got hurt on the job some years ago and nobody cared, now he just picks up odd jobs; and can’t read a “lick.” If I buy a new tool with any type special instructions, a weird on/off switch, I have to explain how it works. He gets really frustrated about it. (I know! I know! We as a society have programs for folks that have “fallen through the cracks.”

But, sometimes the net doesn’t catch everybody.

Actually, this post isn’t about my yard guy; it’s about the students that are graduating from schools now that don’t have “passable” reading, writing and math skills. The year is 2012. We have hand-held gizmos that can tell us the distance to Saturn faster than I can write it. And we have students that CAN”T READ OR WRITE!

We have money to sponsor “THE DOGS OF WAR,” but, won’t pay our teachers in my state a decent wage, so they won’t  leave and go elsewhere. My university professors haven’t had a raise in 7yrs, but … we can build a new football stadium??????????

Look at the money spent on this upcoming election. BILLIONSSSSSSSSSSS THATS  WITH/A “B”!!

I don’t know, there just seems to be something awfully “STINKY” here.

Illiteracy …. blessing or curse????

Either way, it needs our attention!!


Gooddae!     G.