FREE SCREENING The Right To Read
|DATE: January 15, 2024
|TIME: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
|Place: Capital Repertory Theater, 251 N. Pearl St. Albany, NY 12207
|Admission is FREE! Free refreshments. No registration required.
|Have questions? Call 518 414-4978
Do all children have the right read? Why are reading levels plummeting, particularly for children of color? What can be done to reverse this troubling trend?
The film, The Right to Read, from executive producer Levar Burton and Emmy-award winning director Jenny Mackenzie, helps answer these questions and puts a human face on the problem.
Across the nation, third grade reading proficiency is at 33%. In parts of the Capital District, that number is at about 20%. Schools’ decades-long avoidance of phonics and other reading fundamentals have left many children woefully behind in reading, which arguably is the most essential skill learned in school. Students who have not mastered basic reading skills during the learn to read years – grades 1 through 3 – are doomed to suffer snowballing academic failure as every other subject they encounter rests on reading proficiently.
Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist, orator and statesman who was born into slavery, said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Conversely, when a child can’t read, his or her chances of graduating high school dwindle, while the chances of incarceration, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, and unemployment increase.
This is why NAACP activist Kareem Weaver believes literacy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time. He asks, “What good is winning the right to vote if we can’t even read the ballot?”
The documentary follows Weaver and others on their journey to ensure that children learn to read.