Virtue LITERACY Sponsorship
The subtle and powerful literacy LIE that has become entrenched in modern society sounds like this:
"It doesn't matter what the children are reading...as long as they are reading."
This was an appropriate mantra in decades past, when the literary marketplace offered a vast array of titles with consistently virtuous themes and admirable characters. This approach was fine when it was unthinkable to put explicit sexual or gratuitously violent content in the hands of younger readers. Unfortunately, those days are gone. Parents, grandparents and teachers need effective mechanisms to encourage children to read more challenging literary works, without compromising their innocence in the process. The Virtue LITERACY sponsors will provide funding to create separate metrics for the degree of difficulty in the readability of a book, and the emotional and spiritual maturity best suited for the story.
Degree of Difficulty
VIRTUE LITERACY Sponsors will provide for the creation of an artificial intelligence-assisted proprietary methodology that can be applied to all book titles of interest to children, middle grade and teens. This will consider the title exclusively from a perspective of how difficult the title is to read. Considerations like sentence structure, vocabulary, and historical allusions will indicate where the title falls within five "Degree of Difficulty" levels. This will be an evaluation determined independently from the emotional maturity a young person needs to appropriately experience and appreciate the content.
The phase one VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA Guide user experience will offer a simple version of this metric. The VIRTUE LITERACY Degree of Difficulty Scale will be based on a more standardized system.
Because this value will be a separate indicator, parents and teachers will appreciate the ability to choose appropriate reading that challenges the skill of strong readers who are still at a young age.
Optimum Age to Enjoy
VIRTUE LITERACY Sponsors will also make it possible for the "Optimum Age to Enjoy" metric used in the VWM Guide to target with even greater precision the age, based on the content of the story, at which an optimum and appropriate level of spiritual and emotional maturity is recommended so that a young person might thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the title.
Rather than mimicking the status quo rating systems that seek to determine what is the youngest possible age that parents will be willing to allow a child to encounter the content, VWM will have hold a higher standard to protect the purity of heart of children and teens. VIRTUE LITERACY Sponsors will enable us to make those recommendations with more and more exactness.
While large children's publishers now deem it acceptable to include profane language, sexual content and more, in YA books for children age 12 and up, VWM will empower parents and teachers to avoid titles with such content...entirely.
Happy Parents and Teachers
This dual assessment system will be a dream come true for parents and teachers who have so often been frustrated trying to find reading that challenges the minds of young readers as they fall in love with reading, while still avoiding themes that are far beyond what is healthy for children to consume.
VIRTUE LITERACY Sponsors will provide resources for the creation of the online assessment mechanism and the paid collaboration of reading specialists, librarians, educators and catechists.
We must remember that the goal of literacy is not simply to get children to read. The true value and higher goal of reading is VIRTUE LITERACY: to read, so that the imagined experiences of virtue can be imprinted in the young person's mind to inspire noble, responsible and holy behavior as they live their lives. The goal of reading and education is not high school and Harvard. The goal of each reading and educational experience should, and can, be...holiness and Heaven.