It is essential that everyone is capable of reading, writing, and communicating in an articulate and organized manner. Unfortunately, many American students lack the necessary skills needed for effective communication. It is contradictory that there are so many illiterate students in this current age that many define as ‘the age of the information superhighway.’
It seems as though many of America’s students are unaware of the importance of communication and literacy. Clear and effective language use is a most important and practical utility; it is the vehicle we use to convey information. An ‘information superhighway’ without vehicles is futile. Without effective language utilization, it is impossible to convey thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Students must have the capacity to absorb and convey information to, at least a minimal level. The meters of literacy magnitude are standardized tests Diane Ravitch writes of “poor verbal scores” and “de-emphasis on careful reading and writing” in Forbes magazine. Standardized test scores are not showing strong enough verbal skills. The latter is an indicator that more emphasis should be placed on language skill development at an earlier period in the education process.
Language is the basis of any education. Whether one wishes to pursue a study in literature or science, language arts are indispensable. It is impossible for one to present a lab report or to comprehend a calculus text if he/she is unable to achieve literary discipline. Those who are able to dynamically utilize their literary skills have a plethora of information available to them. They can employ such resources as libraries and the Internet. Therefore, it is essential that, to take advantage of all available resources, one must have a solid foundation consisting of literary knowledge.
The most fundamental form of communication is speech. After one’s methods of speech are developed, it is then possible to migrate to more sophisticated areas of communication. It is relatively easy to communicate in America. Many people live in countries where there are dozens of dialects. Communication can be chaotic in countries such as China. Americans who are
My communication skills are articulate. In my essays, I practice careful grammar and syntax. To achieve dynamic communication skills, I devote much time and patience to reading as much as I possibly can. Exposure to as much literature as possible can only amplify ones literary skills. Many students consider reading a novel or analyzing a literary work as a tedious and monotonous task. Many students regard the assignment of a novel a task imposed on them by instructors who wish to complicate their lives. The latter attitude is a significant element in our declining verbal standardized test scores. Low standardized test scores are inevitable when a lack of enthusiasm for the educational progression exists. It is therefore, the responsibilities of the instructor and parent(s) to help stimulate learning motivation. A display of enthusiasm on the instructor’s part will induce a similar display from his/her students.
Language is a universal bonding agent, therefore, it must be understood in order to achieve any goal in today’s competitive world. In order for today’s students to be prepared for the future, it is important that literary development is accentuated throughout the educational process. Once the seeds of motivation sprout in the minds of students’, the students will flourish academically.