One with knowledge would have understanding. One that put knowledge understood to use is replete with wisdom. Knowledge is gained not just through reading and writing. Knowledge is understood and put to use through meditation, assimilation and, retention. Understanding does not come because one have studied but because one has put to use mental reflection through study. Therefore, a literate should be perceived as one who is able to function within the sphere of his/her geological and sociological environment putting to use good cognitive skill, a broad analytical as well as critical mind, good Scribologeric ability and, quality assimilative and retentive memory. So if the definition of literacy is limited to just reading and writing, what about other mental faculties that is put to use each day as we function as humans. The truth is these other mental faculties goes to work even with just mere observation as it involves mental perception and reflection.
The computer system has various input devices (the keyboard, mouse, the joystick, and stylus pen) and processing unit (various hardware components). When we make reference to the computer we are not simply referring to any singular input devices but the processes and end result of the various input devices and processing units. The computer system is also called an operating system. Literacy is nature’s operating system from which the computer system copied its functionality. Before the advent of the computer input devices and processing unit, the literacy system input devices and processing unit has long been in use.
The various literacy system input devices are – observation, oral communication and, scribologery. Literacy system processing unit are – mental reflection/meditation, assimilation and retention. We function intelligently in our respective geological and sociological environment. Like in the computer system, it will be a retraction from its real essence referring to any of literacy input devices or processing unit as literacy. All the input devices can be present in any single computer system. Likewise, all the input devices can be put to use in any singular literacy system (the human brain). Lets take a closer look at the literacy system (the human brain) input devices and the processing units making up the human operating system or what I’ll want to call the glare of literacy.
LITERACY SYSTEM INPUT DEVICE
The literacy system’s earliest input device is observation. It remains the quickest way to input information into the literacy system even in the computer age.. Before the advent of scribologeric ability, the so called bushman was a literate. That he could not read and write does not mean he could not survive within his geological and sociological environment. What helped him to successfully exist in his so called bush environment was the simplest literacy system input device, observation. Most without scribologeric skill have developed technical skills like those that have acquired scribologeric skill. Even in the western world not everyone is scribologeric.
The literacy system (the human brain) works faster by use of visual aids. Modern educational system has tapped into such knowledge to enhance literacy operating system, assimilation and retention ability. This will be discussed under literacy system processing unit. Early stages of a child’s literacy system development is through observation. There is no amount of reading and writing presented before the child that will have any meaningful impact. However, parents recognize that the child performs intelligently for its age as it starts quite early to relate with its environment. Observation prepares the literacy system for more complex input devices. Observation is a set skill of it’s own. No two persons will observe from the same angle nor give same explanation to what is observed. Therefore, observation has to do with an individual neuropsychology.
Oral communication describes any type of interaction that makes use of spoken words, and it is a vital, integral part of human relationship, especially in an era dubbed the information age. This is as old as human existence. The Bible records describes how God orally communicated laws and requirements to the first human creature. The literacy system, the human brain, went to work immediately. There was no reading and writing then but the first human creature was able to function within his geological and sociological environment.
“The ability to communicate effectively through speaking as well as in writing is highly valued, and demanded, in interpersonal relationships. ” For oral communication to be effective, it should be clear, relevant, tactful in phraseology and tone, concise, and informative. Presentations or conversations that bear these hallmarks can be an invaluable tool in ensuring meaningful information in the literacy system.
This input device gives word picture to literacy system, the human brain. It’s noteworthy that while the literacy system uses oral communication input device, it at the same time process information through observation input device. When engaged in oral communication, body languages (Nonverbal elements such as posture, gestures, and facial expressions are also important factors in developing good oral communication skills.) are observed that punctuates the idea of oratory. Body language impresses oratory deeper into the literacy system. Indiscriminate use of body language can distort information in the literacy system.
Writing is an art imbedded in the culture of every society. As long as there is culture there is a style of writing as a medium of translating and transmitting information in the literacy system. Writing started off in symbols but lettering was introduced in the western culture. As a result of westernization, lettering is the most preferred style of writing replacing most other culture’s style of writing. Some cultures discriminate over other culture’s style of writing. It does not matter in which culture writing is done in so far it falls within the four- types-writing, literacy system recognizes and make good use of it: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative.
Reading like writing has also come of age. In its earliest time man has endeavor to read signs and symbols. Reading of any kind had it’s notable techniques. Reading impresses in the literacy system abstract thoughts that are not inputed by observation. This is when some level of schooling becomes advantageous as it heightens the literacy system functionality. The level of ones diction and vocabulary plays a vital role on how well the literacy system processes an information that is read.
Scribologeric ability can be developed in or out of the fore walls of a structured schooling system. The literacy system, the human brain, is not limited by stereotypes nor formalized institutions of learning.
LITERACY SYSTEM PROCESSING UNIT
Consciously or unconsciously, the literacy system processes every information irrespective of how the information is inputed. An example of unconscious literacy system processing of information are dreams. A future article on this blog will explore how the literacy system processes informations that translates to dreams.
At this stage we start to speak of perception and opinion. A set pattern of experience in life influences how the literacy system processes same information in various geological and sociological environment. A switch in the environment or condition will automatically change how the literacy system processes the same information.
There is no absolute intelligence or absolute lack of it. Just as it’s said, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” likewise “one man’s intelligence is another man’s lack of it” and vice versa. Any living human that is able to operate within his geological and sociological environment is a literate. None should be tagged an illiterate for not been familiar with what others are familiar with because we are likewise not familiar with what the other is familiar with. If the word illiteracy should continue in dictionaries, we equally are. Lexicographic error may have limited literacy to reading and writing of which any without such an ability is perceived an illiterate. We are familiar with logical error in the computer system. In the literacy system, lexicographic error is identified.
Mental reflection and or meditation is not simply because we can read and write but because information gets into the literacy system through every other input device needing processing for every human alive to function within the geological and sociological environment he/she is endowed with. We need not be geo-socio discriminatory as much as our literacy system allows us function acceptably.
Assimilation and Retention
Suffice to say that the computer system mimicked the literacy system, the human brain. In the literacy system assimilation and retention takes place in the brain cell area known as memory. The computer storage area is also dubbed memory. Whether it’s through observation, oral communication, scribologery, the literacy system works to assimilate and retain every information it processes.
There are loops of processing system within the literacy system responsible for the assimilation and retention of information and idea processed. The literacy system gives the ability to recall information acquired several years in the past. This can be information observed or orally imputed.
Information are stacked and classified in the literacy system the same way books are stacked and classified in a standard library. One of the most often used classifications are based on the duration of memory retention, specifically the sensory, short term and long term memory. Short term memory refers to the recent memory, and is usually only held for a very short period of time. A common example would be when you meet many new people, cursorily introduced at a party. Long term memory, on the other hand, can be thought of as a database where all the information that you have learnt is kept. Sensory memory is conveyed through your senses of sight and sound, where you keep these “images” in your mind.
Every functional human has the glare of literacy as prove of existence. Faced with situations in life, having to make decisions in life irrespective geo-socio environment, every human display the glare of literacy. None should be regarded otherwise for the mere reason that he/she is not scribologeric in another’s geo-socio environment. We all have the propensity to develop when exposed to an environment not naturally ours.
Literacy system, the human brain, is not limited by any geo-socio environment. We all can equally enhance our literacy system by persistent observation, improved oral communication and, distinct scribologeric skill.