Attention Celebrities: A Proven Way to Gain More Love and Respect

Posted by on August 12, 2012 in blog | 0 comments

Recent news from the United Kingdom Press Association* is that a poll of 2,000 adults and 696 children taken by Reader's Digest, UK edition, found that 91% of adults were concerned about falling reading and writing skills. Do you think that helping promote a proven system for ending English illiteracy would help you gain more love and respect? More fans? More media exposure and advancement opportunities? That is not as unlikely as a first glance might indicate. If people in the United States knew how serious the problem of illiteracy in the U.S. really is there would be at least 91% of U.S. adults with the same concern.

A large percentage of celebrities have expressed their concern over poverty, and many of them donate money to causes that help the poor. A lesser number have expressed concern over literacy, but did you know that a very large portion of the poor are in poverty because of their illiteracy? The most extensive and statistically accurate study of U.S. adult literacy ever commissioned by the U.S. government (see the April 2002 report, Adult Literacy in America) proved that 48.7% of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate (defined as reading and writing so poorly that they cannot hold an above-poverty-level-wage job), that 31.2% of functional illiterates are in poverty, and that functional illiterates are more than twice as likely to be in poverty because of their illiteracy as for all other reasons combined. A report released in 2006 (click here to see this report) showed no overall statistical improvement over the study reported in 2002.

The poverty level among illiterates would be even higher except for the fact that a literate spouse who is employed or financial help from government agencies, family, friends, or charities can bring the family income above the poverty level. The presidents of Literacy Research Associates, Inc. and NuEnglish, Inc., two non-profit educational corporations, working together have discovered and perfected a proven solution for permanently ending English functional illiteracy. A website about ending English functional illiteracy gives five short statements about the problem and five short statements about the solution which can be read in less than six minutes. The proof of each of these ten statements is given in the "Read More" pages following each statement. This website takes the data from the two government reports in the previous paragraph and with simple ratio mathematics proves the statements in the previous paragraph (See the "Read More" proof of statement two in this website).

As you know, human beings have a strong tendency to avoid change — even change for the better. Very often people would rather continue the problems and inconvenience of the known than to risk the proven improvement of the unknown. Sometimes we resist change until there is crisis that we cannot CONTINUE to ignore. If you really understood the seriousness of English functional illiteracy, you would know that we have now reached a point where we should not continue to ignore English functional illiteracy. Due to misunderstandings about the proven solution to illiteracy — spelling reform — many people will think this solution is "too radical." They are wrong for two primary reasons.

First, most English-speaking people do not realize that English spelling is the absolute worst in the world. Prior to 1755 the English language was a conglomeration of the words from the original Celtic and Norse, Icelandic, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, German, Danish, and Norman French — every conqueror who occupied the British Isles. We not only got the words, but also the spelling of these words, in most cases. In 1755 Dr. Samuel Johnson mistakenly froze the spelling of words instead of freezing the spelling of the phonemes, as logic demands (a phoneme is the smallest sound used to distinguish between syllables or words in a language or dialect) with the issuance of his well-received dictionary. Since 1755, according to page 2 of Henry Hitchings book, The Secret Life of Words, we have added words — and in most cases the spelling — from 350 other languages to the English language. As a result, English is not a true alphabetic language. In the same way that a certain stroke in a certain position represents a word or part of a word in Chinese writing, a certain group of letters in a certain order represents a word in English. English is more of a logogrammatic language like Chinese than it is an alphabetic language.

Second, despite several changes in the teaching of reading — especially after the "Nation At Risk" report issued in 1983 — there has been no overall statistically significant improvement in the English literacy rate in the last ninety years or more. Teachers will tell you that reading is the foundation of all learning. There are very few subjects in school that do not require reading for class-work, homework, and testing. U.S. students have rated near the bottom in at least two recent scholastic competitions with about twenty other industrialized nations. A brief examination of the 1895 Salina, Kansas Eighth Grade Final Exam will convince even the most avid apologist for present-day education that there has been a deterioration in our educational system. This is despite the fact that the U.S. spends for per student than any other nation except Switzerland. Although many if not most slaves were not taught to read, President John Adams did a literacy study in the early 1800s and made the statement that it was easier to find a meteorite than to find an adult who could not read and write legibly.

As a result, there are at least 1,768 ways of spelling 40 English phonemes (only 40 are needed, one each) and there is not even one English spelling rule which does not have exceptions — and some of the exceptions have exceptions! A computer programmed with 203 English spelling rules was able to correctly spell only 49% of a list of 17,000 common English words. As a result, the only way to learn to read is to add words to your reading vocabulary one-at-a-time either by rote memory or by repeated use of the word.

For those who remain unconvinced after examining our website, a careful, honest examination of the detailed facts and figures in the book, Let's End Our Literacy Crisis, Second Revision, written by Bob C. Cleckler, president of Literacy Research Assoc., Inc. will convince even the most confirmed skeptic. It is available at no cost or obligation as a .pdf format download from a link in the left-hand column of our website (click on "ending English functional illiteracy" above).

As you know, any project to help millions of people — especially a humanitarian project such as ours — needs publicity to succeed. People quite obviously will pay more attention to recommendations from celebrities than from unknown persons, no matter how carefully they prove what they recommend. If you are a celebrity, or if you know a celebrity who values your advice, you are challenged to prove to yourself that the solution presented will enable an estimated 600 million English-speaking adults who are functionally illiterate in English (including 93 million in the U.S. alone) to read English fluently who otherwise never will. Statistics prove that less than one percent of U.S. adults learn to read fluently after leaving high school without being able to read (See Adult Illiteracy in the United States by Carmen Hunter and David Harman, pages 164-165). Proving the value of the solution to illiteracy we have found will require a careful, honest evaluation of the Preface and text (pages 1 to 164) of Let's End Our Literacy Crisis, Second Revision and at least a scan of the ten appendixes, the extensive reference notes, and the extensive bibliography containing reference to several books and newspaper or magazine articles which were not quoted or paraphrased in the book. Let's End Our Literacy Crisis, Second Revision is a 265 page E-book.

*The internet address is horribly long. Google "Parents concern over literacy" to find the press report. It is the one from
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