Today, I will express a little appreciation for an ability I couldn’t live without. Being literate.
Several months ago, I read an article that stated 80% of New York high school graduates were illiterate and needed to be retaught how to read, write, and do basic math. I may not be the best reader or writer, and I sure as heck am no mathematician, but I couldn’t imagine being unable to read and write. How can someone even graduate without those abilities? I know I sound judgmental, but I’m genuinely curious.
Being literate is what allows me to run this blog, to enjoy online friendships, to select my favorite games, to browse Tumblr and YouTube, and the list goes on and on. It’s something I take for granted, but knowing there are countries where it’s basically a crime for a female person to be educated, I know I’m incredibly lucky to have been born and raised in a country like the United States.