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Myths & Misperceptions

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“My kids don’t have a problem reading”

The Canadian Council on Learning reveals that 20% of university grads struggle to understand basic text.  There is no correlation between your intelligence and your ability to read proficiently.

“Literacy rates are low because of immigrants in Canada”

When the number of new Canadians is taken out of the equation, literacy levels in our country remain the same: 42-46% of our adult population in Canada is unable to read properly.

“We can’t afford this program”

Can you afford not to make sure your child can read?  It costs 8 times more to educate a child with reading difficulties than a child who has strong reading skills.

“This program is just for children”

The one on one program is for both children and adults. In fact, the partnership Beacon Literacy develops with its clients and the fast results they experience means that Beacon is truly a ‘Safe Harbour to Learn’.

“Literacy is only a problem for low-income families”

Children having difficulty reading attend public as well as expensive private schools.

“The teacher says that my child is not ready to learn”

If they have learned to walk and talk, they obviously can learn.  In our education system kids learn to read in kindergarten through grade three, from grade four on, they read to learn…what if they miss the window?

“Children learn to read at school”

When it comes to creating a foundation for reading, 40% of our children start to fall through the cracks in Grade One.

“Our child has a learning disability”

80% of the kids who are diagnosed with a learning difficulty have their basic deficit in reading.  Of that 80%, 90% of them are instructional casualties.  (Dr. Reid Lyons)

“My reading skills don’t affect my work” 

Lost productivity caused by poor literacy skills costs Canadian businesses four billion dollars every year.  Reading difficulties can affect advancement within a company and therefore your income level.

“Literacy is a third-world problem”

46% of Canadian adults are functionally illiterate which means 1 out of 2 children are probably experiencing the same difficulty.  According to Canadian Council on Learning, 20% of Canadian university graduates struggle with basic text.