Like many words, the word literacy has different meanings to different people. Although if you look in a dictionary there will be a set definition, but the reality of the situation is each person will define the word differently. To me, literacy is more than the ability to read and write or to understand words. Literacy is having an understanding of a wide variety of topics. No one is saying that you have to be well versed in each topic, but it is good to have a good understanding of the world around you. One is cultural literate if they have an awareness of their cultural world. Literacy aids personal growth, it means you can explore more topics and new tasks that previously would have been unattainable. In addition to cultural literacy, a person should be functionally literate. Once you reach a certain age, you should be able to read a bus schedule or a map or write a check.
In order for students to become literate, they have to have sponsors. As we discussed in class, sponsors are agents who enable, support, and teach us. Our sponsors can be teachers, family members, community leaders, or elders. It is our sponsor that keep us in check with what we need to know. Our sponsors are constantly engaged in staying as close to the game as possible and in return, they make sure that we stay as close to the game as possible.
While being literate doesn’t always get you ahead, it is always helpful to have a good and broad understanding or interest in world events or events that have shaped your culture and society.