What Educators and Politicians Do NOT Want You to Know

Posted by on July 20, 2012 in blog | 0 comments

Although almost every American can read at least a thousand simple words learned in the first three grades in school, a recent analysis of the most extensive and statistically accurate study of U.S. adult illiteracy ever commissioned by the U.S. government proves that a shocking 48.7% of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate (defined as the inability to read and write well enough to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job)! It proves, furthermore, that 31.2% of these illiterates are in poverty and that they are more than twice as likely to be in poverty as a result of illiteracy as for all other reasons combined. A report issued in 2006 showed no overall statistically significant improvement in illiteracy from the report mentioned above.

We do not see this level of illiteracy or poverty for the following reasons. (1) Illiterates are very good at hiding their illiteracy. (2) There is a certain amount of economic separation of readers and non-readers in their neighborhoods due to zoning laws and in the workplace due to job duties. (3) Most families have more than one employed adult, and an employed literate adult can bring the family above the poverty level, and (4) low-income families receive help from government agencies, family, friends, and charities. English functional illiteracy causes illiterates at least 34 different kinds of serious physical, mental, emotional, medical, and financial problems — problems we would consider a crisis if we had to endure them. The good news is that there is a simple, easy-to-implement, proven solution to illiteracy. The End English Functional Illiteracy Now website gives ten brief statements of the problem and the solution and ten pages of proofs available by clicking "read more." A much more authoritative and comprehensive presentation of the facts are available for this solution for ending illiteracy from Amazon.com's detail page.

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