What is Social Literacy??

The Social Part:

Social Skills, Social Cognition, Emotional Intelligence- All these things describe an individual’s ability to connect effectively with those around them.

The Literacy Piece:

Definitions of Literacy are constantly in flux and varies greatly depending on who’s answering. According to Wikipedia, in Scotland literacy is defined as “The ability to read and write and use numeracy, to handle information, to express ideas and opinions, to make decisions and solve problems, as family members, workers, citizens and lifelong learners.” Elsewhere I have seen it written that literacy is an individual’s ability to “deliberately mediate their world.”

The Shift:

Traditionally we have focused on teaching students and individuals to improve their ‘social skills’ ‘communication skills’ ‘organization skills’. But in today’s fast changing society we must move from a rigid definition of social skills as conversation skills to a broader understanding of Social Literacy: an individual’s ability to successfully and deliberately mediate their world as family members, workers, citizens and lifelong learners.