literacy (PowerPoint) by ert554898


                   The Purposes

                    of Education
                      & Literacy
PCW September 2006
                       Purpose 1:
                       Literacy &
                     Education as
PCW September 2006
             Literacy as Adaptation

   “To be able to work in the everyday world”
   “To become fluent in one’s social setting”
   “People should learn what they want and will need in the
   “People learn how to perform tasks that are all part of
    daily life”
   “People learn how to fit in and function well in the
    dominant culture”
   “People can participate in everyday life and also master
    their culture as well”
                       Purpose 2:
                       Literacy &
                     Education as
                       A State of
PCW September 2006
         Literacy as a State of Grace

   “The ability to think creatively and knowing how to solve
   “The ability to think wisely”
   “Learning how to think or developing the ability to think”
   “Literacy is really about the ability to think not the ability
    to do”
   “Developing the ability to think creatively, solve problems
    in interesting ways, and …deal with them appropriately.”
                       Purpose 3:
                       Literacy &
                     Education as
PCW September 2006
              Literacy as Separation

   “Becoming withdrawn from the people you love the most”
   “Education sometimes sets you apart from people. The
    more you know can sometimes make you appear to be
   “As individuals become more educated, they develop
    skills and ideas that mark them as somehow different
    from people around them, like their co-workers, and
    even their families”
   “Once a person learns so much their mind thinks
    differently from the people around them, so in a sense
    education is great but sometimes it brings unexpected
                       Purpose 4:
                       Literacy &
                     Education as
PCW September 2006
                 Literacy as Power

   “Power in Society: The power makes them help
    themselves, other people, or communities”
   “The smarter you are, the more power you have”
   “The power comes from the level of literacy and
   “Education is important because it helps to redistribute
    power among people”
   “If ‘knowledge is power,’ then those who are educated
    have the power to help others”
   “The more you learn, the more potent you words and
    ideas will become”
                  Purpose 5:
                  Literacy &
                Education as
PCW September 2006
               Literacy as Indoctrination

   “Reflects the values of a particular culture”
   “People learn literacy to conform to the values of a
    particular culture”
   “In school, ‘successful’ is compared to ONE point of
    view, instead of a wide range of points of view”
   “In order to be defined as successful, students in school
    must demonstrate they have assimilated the values of
    their culture”
   “Successfully conformed to an existing, dominant
     Literacy as Indoctrination

“Just because people as a culture
  have set a standard on what they
  think is “good education,” does
  that make another person
 “The Dominant Culture”

Who is “the dominant culture?”

    Do we adapt to it?

     Should we adapt to it?

       Do we have to adapt to it?
                  Dead Words

       Shakespearian terms such as
       “Whilst” have all departed…

Personally, I think “Illiterate” needs to die as well.
           Works Cited
selected words and phrases, appearing in random order,
           by random PCW1004 students

  Vania, Mohanad, Sydney, So Yen,
   Eric, Julia, Will, Kapree, Porcha,
    Saya, Chihiro, Aston, Shauntia,
   Al, Esther, Tiffany, Aidair, Gabe,
       Lauren, Hao Yun, Dmarco,
           Courtney, Emmanuel

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