September 24, 2017

AmericanEnglishDoctor.com is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.

Literacy-matters.

Cultural Knowledge

Topics of General Knowledge

Becoming a fluent reader depends upon more than an ability to “decode letters.” Knowing the sound/symbol relationships is, of course, essential to reading fluency, but so is possessing a fund of general knowledge.

In order to achieve a standard of literacy that goes beyond the ability to read young adult novels and how-to texts written at a fifth-grade level, readers must accumulate a store of information about world culture and the natural world.

Always remembering that a million boys and girls drop out of school every year, teachers must make every effort to equip all children with as much general knowledge as possible during grades K-8.

Improved literacy is just one effect of accumulating a body of general knowledge and information. Effective government and citizenship depend upon a population that shares a common fund of knowledge and attitudes toward the human condition.