Literacy Means Business

April 3, 2013 at 5:10 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

There is so much talk these days about various approaches to education, immigration, and what makes sense for getting everyone ready for the jobs of the future. Just this weekend in The New York Times, Thomas Friedman presented that people will just have to invent their own jobs, relying on creativity and innovation. Hard to do that if you do not speak English, and harder for your kids if you have not been able to read to them, involve yourself in their school progress, and give them the solid start in language that a native English speaker can provide – which everyone in academia acknowledges is critical to success.

One of the many reasons I’m excited about Literacy Means Business on April 18th is that the public and private sectors will be in one room discussing adult education, English language literacy, and the workforce of the future. Connecting the dots on the importance of adult English language literacy on today’s workforce and the workforce of the future will be a stimulating and informative morning. I hope everyone in the audience will leave with more information about how important this subject is, and how we all can be part of the solution to the problem of English language illiteracy.

Anne Spear, LCNV Tutor, Tutor Trainer, and Board of Directors Member
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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  1. I certainly appreciate these words coming from businesses, and we are all doing what we can to help our students advance their knowledge of English. However, there are also other issues that businesses need to address that affect our students. More than a few of our students have work permits and are working for local companies. But many who work 40 hours per week still don’t get any benefits, no healthcare, no holidays, no vacation, no 401ks. Some of the larger companies who normally pay benefits to full-time workers hire other companies to provide survices such as cleaning crews – and these companies do not offer benefits to full-time workers. I so appreciate the companies that support the work of LCNV, but there is more to be done.

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  2. Well said, Pat! Thank you for your feedback. We hope that you are able to join in the discussion at Literacy Means Business on April 18!

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