Literacy has often been equated with occupational status. However these calculations fail to take into account other and possibly more important factors than literacy that affect employment and social mobility; such as class, ethnicity and gender. Chemno knew that in order to be successful in a post-secondary program, he needed to improve his reading, writing, and math skills.
As a result, those seeking literacy skills for anything other than employment-specific reasons became furthered marginalized. In under a decade it has gone from novelty to necessity, having become the face of a technological revolution that is changing the way we work and live.
That means we are outpacing much of the world in our ability to complete tasks that involve solving complex problems in computer environments. The actual definition of literacy used in international standards is being able to read and write in any language.
For example, more Canadians are currently completing secondary school than in ; during the same period the percentage of Canadians with college or trade certification or a university degree also increased.
Have the literacy skills of Canadians improved? Level 3, equivalent to high school completion, is the desired threshold for coping with the rapidly changing skill demands of a knowledge-based economy and society International Survey of Reading Skills ISRSFour out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 - representing 9 million Canadians - struggle with low literacy.
Federal policies made the assumption that adult learners who were working on improving their literacy skills did so solely for employment purposes.
Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day on January 27 every year.