On Literacy funding cuts by the Harper government I fully agree with the following highlight from the Toronto Star (author Carol Goar, Jan. 26). Unfortunately many Conservatives see education and literacy as expenses rather than INVESTMENTS.
Contact your MP if you feel this decision should be reviewed!
“Finally, there is the sheer absurdity of squandering human potential at a time when the nation is facing serious skill and labour shortages. Canada can’t afford to leave millions of workers languishing in menial jobs because they can’t read and write competently. By any rational cost-benefit analysis, disinvesting in literacy was the wrong choice.”
Read the entire article here: Pall Hangs Over Literacy Day
You can also read a related article from today’s Edmonton Journal below:
Read the instructions carefully — if you can: Functional illiteracy threatens to stall Alberta’s economic boom as 40 per cent of Albertans can’t follow complicated written instructions (The Edmonton Journal, Wed 31 Jan 2007)
Byline: Todd Hirsch
Mike was among the thousands of machinists in Alberta churning out specialized industrial equipment used in the oilsands. The pay was great and jobs were plentiful. One day, a new piece of machinery landed on the shop floor. His supervisor tossed him the instruction manual and said, “It’s supposed to be a lot faster than the old machine. I don’t have time to show you how it works — read the manual and get busy. We need 10 units finished and out the door by Friday.”