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The Main Cause of U.S. Poverty and Crime?

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The Main Cause of U.S. Poverty and Crime?

Gary Sprunk, M.A. English Lingusitics, in an Amazon.com book review, recently made the statement, “Illiteracy is the main cause of poverty and crime.” The most statistically accurate and extensive study of U.S. adult functional illiteracy ever commissioned by the U.S. government, titled “Adult Literacy in America,” confirms the poverty portion of this statement. This was a five-year, $14 million dollar study using lengthy interviews of 26,049 U.S. adults statistically chosen to represent the entire U.S. population. The report on this study proves that the two least literate of five...

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Are You Overestimating the Difficulty of Solving a Problem?

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Are You Overestimating the Difficulty of Solving a Problem?

Generally speaking, people resist change -- often resisting even a change which would be an obvious improvement. People often prefer to keep courses of action with known disadvantages rather than gamble that the unknown disadvantages of a new course action will outweigh the known advantages. That being the case, people often overestimate the difficulty of making a change, as a way of resisting the change. Does that describe you when considering solving our very serious educational problems in English-speaking countries? As any teacher will probably tell you, reading ability is the foundation...

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Names of Celebrities Falsely (?) Claiming Interest in Education, Literacy, or Dyslexia

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Names of Celebrities Falsely (?) Claiming Interest in Education, Literacy, or Dyslexia

I do not know how the well-known internet source of celebrity contacts determined that certain celebrities are interested in education, literacy, and/or Dyslexia, but after spending about $25 each to buy and mail a book which can definitely and permanently end English functional illiteracy to all of the celebrities named below, I really wonder if any professed interest in these subjects is merely for any Public Relations value it may have. The assistants of less than ten of the 73 celebrities listed below were polite enough to at least send me a letter saying that, in effect, their celebrity...

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