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05 Mar, 2020 12:52 pm

Your Local Bookstore: A Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty

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We live in strange times. Technologically, we have tools at our disposal that were once reserved only for the wealthy. Companies and governments around the world have spent trillions of dollars to make sure that the mobile devices in our pockets are constantly connected to one another. With just a few taps, your mobile can connect to a phone down the street or a computer an ocean away.

 

And yet poverty surrounds us. We, or one of our neighbours, might be affected by poverty and, if we are lucky enough not to be affected, we’re never far removed from people in our community who lack the basic necessities they need to get by every day. 


But poverty isn’t just about lacking basic needs such as food, healthcare, water and a decent income.  There’s a new kind of poverty plaguing the world, and it’s affecting our children more than anyone.  


It’s called “learning poverty.”

05 Mar, 2020 12:52 pm

It Has Never Been More Important to Learn English. Here’s Why.

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What if I told you there was a secret code being used by people all around the world to communicate with people who don’t speak their language? What if I told you this code was already in use by hundreds of millions of people, and billions more are learning how to use it? 


It’s a secret code that will instantly make you more marketable to employers, especially in today’s connected world of business. It’s a code that will make you a better, more effective communicator, and, because of that, you’ll gain more opportunities and incredible advantages when competing for jobs in today’s most powerful industries. 


The good news is that knowing the code is within your grasp. The code is a language, and that language is English.

05 Mar, 2020 12:51 pm

Better Learning Through Better Reading

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Need a question answered? Just pull out your phone. Our one-tap at-a-glance technology makes it easy to forget that before the internet, the total sum of human knowledge was contained, stored, and passed on through books. Even before we could bind together written pieces of paper, we were inscribing information into bricks of clay. When we hold a book in our hands today, we rarely stop to consider that we hold a method of information storage that has spanned millennia. 

 

Using books to participate in humanity’s ongoing pursuit of knowledge required actual effort. Research meant conducting a different kind of search, as information contained on one page was fed by the context of the pages around it. While the answer to a question might have been found on one specific page, the information provided by the surrounding pages added depth to the answer, and gave us an understanding that took us deeper into the true meaning of what we were learning. 

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