Please review this great graphic from the Texas Center for the Advancement of Advancement & Literacy at Texas A&M University. It’s shocking but it should be a call for action from us.
According to a 2003 state study, 17% of the Bexar County population, or 179,629 persons, lacked basic prose literacy skills.
Definition: Basic Prose Literacy Skills (BLPS) – Prose literacy is defined by reading materials arranged in sentences and paragraphs. Examples of prose literacy include newspaper articles, editorials and brochures. Adults who lack BPLS have skills that range from being unable to read and understand any written information to being able only to locate easily identifiable information. In short, commonplace prose text in English, but nothing more advanced. The percentage of those who lack BPLS reflects the magnitude of the adult household population at the lowest level of English literacy.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literac
“Later school start times may both increase the sleep of adolescents and decrease their risk of motor vehicle crashes.”
A deprived sleep bank is a dangerous thing to have!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified adolescents
and young adults (ages 12 to 25 years) as a population at high risk for
problem sleepiness based on “evidence that the prevalence of problem
sleepiness is high and increasing with particularly serious consequences.”
The average cost to incarcerate a youth per day: $240.99!
American Correctional Association, 2008
Pre-K 4 SA will cost the average San Antonio household less than $8 per year, or 65 cents per month or 2 cents per day! Source: Pre-K 4 SA
Parenting = Protection + Correction (Part 1)
When are children are young, we need to be their voice. Teasing from anyone, whether stranger, or relative, towards our children must not be tolerated. Though often times the teasing is done with ignorance and we, not wanting to “cause a scene”, choose to shrug it off, the message we teach our children is that it is okay to be on the receiving end. Instead, they should be learning, by way of watching us, how to stop the teasing right away. This is why we need to step in (whether stranger or relative). We need to listen, watch, and be attentive. The environment could be a public playground or in a relatives backyard; it is our job, when our children are in attendance, to not only be a responsible role-model (that is another post altogether) but we need to be ready to act. The belief that it is up to them to learn to defend themselves is misguided. Children lack the social experience and brain development to properly handle themselves. (Their frontal lobes don’t fully develop until into their mid 20’s) We are their safety net when they are young and we owe it to them the ability to see us, the adults, be ready to step up and offer loving, albeit stern correction to anyone that would choose otherwise for our children.