Comparing to Akinnaso

F. Niyi Akinnaso refers to literacy as “more than the act of reading and writing”, and explains literacy as more of the perception of ones thinking, speaking, evaluating, and interacting.  I agree with Akinnaso completely. As stated in my previous blog, I referred to literacy as “the understanding of personal messages that writer’s are attempting to convey”.  Much of this can be done through the relation of similar reader and writer experiences.

I do find Akinnaso’s article interesting in the fact that he grew up in a town that was what most people would refer to as “illiterate”.  He truly explains and explores a deeper meaning to the term literacy as the “internalization and representation of social reality”.  This proves that literacy can be explained and defined differently in each culture based on social reality, values, attitudes, and beliefs.

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One Response to Comparing to Akinnaso

  1. kehauman says:

    You’re really tuned in to some of the key points of Akinnaso’s text, Kyle – which is great. I’m curious how you reacted to the challenge or complications of the term “illiterate” as Akinnaso discussed changing and varying ideas of literacy. Is there such a thing as being “illiterate”? We continue to hear this word a lot – what is its significance in American 21st century societies, and why? When is it used, and why? I’m not looking for easy answers here, but rather trying to open up some paths for thinking through rather complex issues.

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