Literacy: A National Priority

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May 10, 2011 08:15 pm

When I first moved to DC, I began tutoring and mentoring a young middle school student named Darius. To get a better sense for me, Darius’ mother invited me over for dinner one evening.  She cooked fried chicken, wild rice, buttermilk biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans.  It was an excellent meal, one that reminded me of home. But as dinner concluded, I couldn’t help but inquire about Darius’ infant sister crying in the corner of the apartment.  Her mother, Brenda, said the little girl suffered from an ear infection, but the doctor rushed the family out of the office with eardrops and antibiotics, noting the directions on the bottle.  The doctor prescribed the child with a certain dosage of both medications, but both Brenda and Darius found the instructions confusing – which led to them improperly medicating the 8-month old child. Though the baby ended up fully recovering, the situation could have been easily avoided.

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