Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
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In New Mexico, 16% of adults are illiterate and another 46% read at a fifth grade level or below. Those stats have serious impacts on New Mexico’s economy and families around the state. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the most significant predictor of a child’s literacy is a mother’s literacy.
Children thrive when parents thrive. Also, when parents become more literate or pursue more education, they become role models. But there’s shame and stigma surrounding illiteracy. Also, adults seeking more education often have fears about entering institutions where they feel they don’t belong.
How do we ensure more adults, and their children, reach their potential?
In this episode, PUBLIC SQUARE talks with adult learners, community groups and literacy experts.
Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE is provided in part by grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and American Graduate.
Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:
“Education is a family issue, and a mother’s education is the best indicator of whether a child is going to be successful or not.”
– Katharine Winograd, Central New Mexico Community College
“It takes incredible skill to get through our daily life without being able to read and write.”
– Margaret Barker, Reading Works Inc.
“It’s not that people don’t want to learn to read or go back to school. They do. How do we support that?”
– Enrique Cardiel, Bernalillo County CINCH Program
“It’s a skill, and for whatever reason, these adults don’t have that skill, or they could improve on it.”
– Heather Heunermund, New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
“It’s the best feeling in the world, to actually sit down and look at a piece of paper and actually be able to read what it says.”
– Daniel Schnieders, Student at ReadWest
Reading Works Founder
Urban Health Extension Coordinator
APS Title 1, Even Start Resource Teacher
Executive Director, ReadWest Inc.
Jose Jaime Reyes
ESL-HSE Teacher, Adult Education, Catholic Charities
Director of Development, CNM Foundation
CEO, United Way of Santa Fe Co.
Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
Dr. Kathie Winograd
Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)
How to Improve Literacy in New Mexico
Did you know that 46% of New Mexico’s population is functionally illiterate? About 900,000 adults are in need of literacy services, according to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. Searching “literacy” in SHARE’s Resource Directory returns a list of more than 100 organizations that support literacy efforts for adults and children. One of these is the Imagination Library of Grant County.