by Literacy Volunteers and Advocates on 11/26/12
David Shyloski compares a lack of literacy skills to "a form of blindness."
People are forced, often unwillingly, to be in the dark.
But every Monday through Wednesday, David serves as the literacy instructor and program assistant for the first and second level Adult Basic Education classes that are held at Wardman Court. He works closely with Leitha Wilson, the lead instructor/administrator for LVA.
David says the good thing is that given the commitment of LVA instructor and tutors, "It's like teaching folks to see for the first time."
David hopes to help open up more eyes to the important work that LVA does in DC teaching people about reading, mathematics, and critical thinking once the video he has been working on is completed next month.
Ms. Wilson credits David with possessing energy, good classroom manners, and adeptness with learning technologies. All are significant assets for LVA this year. "David relates well to students and they respond to him as well," notes Ms. Wilson.
David comes to LVA from Greensboro, North Carolina where he completed his college studies. He finds that many people in DC lack the necessary literacy skills needed to make it in a bottom line society.
Due to the precedence companies now place on advanced skills, LVA learners find it increasingly difficult to be hired. Not surprisingly, David finds, many learners "may not feel that they have a voice."
Not only does LVA seek to boost the literacy levels of its learners, another important part of its mission is to advocate on behalf of the less literate citizenry of DC to the power brokers of the city.
David asserts: LVA learners pretty much "have no other place else to go" to obtain help in raising their literacy skills. "But we do not have the resources to accommodate the people that we'd like. We have a waiting list."