Literacy and Liberty

Literacy Around the World
Posted by: , November 7, 2018, 2:46 pm
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I am a person who is very interested in global politics, both the current and the past. Politics revolve around reading, and what is read can sometimes determine the outcome of certain events, whether it be in the past of in the present. I have begun to wonder if I have taken my privilege of reading, writing, and understand what I have read for granted. After all, there are a lot of countries in the world where literacy is still an issue today. In my first paper, I discussed how reading is fundamental to the rights of citizens of a nation. Ever since I have registered to vote and read¬†Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,¬†I have given a deep amount of thought as to what literacy means to individuals on a global scale. How do nations rule over their people if their population is illiterate? Is there a correlation between conflict and illiteracy? These are some of the questions that I asked myself that I believe are congruent with the problems of today and of the past. In my last paper I stated that “literacy is paramount to our freedom” and I want to research if that is in fact true. Not only is the current affect of literacy on nations important, but the historical affect of literacy is also important as it connects our conflicts and issues with those of the past.


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Evan–great idea here, and one I think you’ll enjoy discussing with Reed and Meredith (who are working in sort of similar veins). The big question is: how will you focus this project? You clearly want to look beyond the US for this investigative article–great!–but your post still trades in an “us” that seems to be “Americans”–or am I misunderstanding? No matter what, I encourage you to come talk with me, and to take the next few assignments and activities, beginning with the library session tomorrow, to hone this promising inquiry.

   Professor Seiler 11.11.18 @ 5:14 pm

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