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Cultural Literacy

Research confirms that children read more fluently and with greater understanding if they have a background knowledge of the past and present.

Such knowledge and understanding is called cultural literacy. The more culturally literate children are, the better prepared they will be to read and understand serious books, magazines and other challenging material.

Teaching is hindered if teachers cannot count on their pupils sharing a body of knowledge, references and symbols. Every society maintains formal and informal mechanisms to transmit understanding of its history, literature and political institutions from one generation to the next.

Formal means include schooling and to this end CGS maintains the teaching History and Geography as distinct from the social science approach of Social Studies.

Informal means include the discussions that your family has with your child about issues and beliefs. If children watch television without the critical commentary of adults, their cultural literacy may well be significantly affected and, depending on what is watched, there may be little worthwhile factual information transmitted at all.