Do You Dismiss From Your Mind Ideas With Which You Disagree?

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

This is an important question; it affects all of us: What do you do when you encounter an idea with which you initially disagree? If you are like most of us who are busy and encounter problem-solving ideas we are not familiar with, you have a strong tendency to make a snap judgement that you disagree with the idea and do not want to investigate any further. Consider the reason why it is important not to dismiss ideas that we disagree with: As any thinking person knows, the fact that we disagree with something does NOT make it a bad idea. The idea may, in fact, be a proven solution to a very serious problem!

You may have difficulty believing that there is a serious problem with functional illiteracy in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries. After all, you are reading this and as far as you know nearly all of your friends, relatives, and associates can read. Therefore when you realize that this blog advocates spelling reform to solve a literacy crisis that you are not sure even exists, you cannot help but believe it is a bad idea. You know how to read and do not want to have to learn a new spelling system, and you do not believe it is necessary. Since reading this far into this paragraph, you have probably thought of objections to changing our spelling system. Here are the simple facts of the matter which are proven on the English functional illiteracy website; for the sake of hundreds of millions of English functional illiterates around the world you are challenged to read and understand these provable facts:

  • almost half of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate, meaning they cannot read and write well enough to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job,
  • 31.2% of U.S. functionally illiterate adults are in poverty and are more than twice as likely to be in poverty because of their illiteracy as for all other reasons combined,
  • we do not see this level of illiteracy and poverty (a) because illiterates are very good at hiding their disability, (b) because the media are complicit in helping illiterates hide, (c) because most families have more than one employed adult, and (d) because low-income families receive help from government agencies, family, friends, and charities,
  • absolutely nothing has been done in the last 90 years or more which has made an overall statistically significant improvement in the English literacy rate,
  • the lifetime work of Dr. Frank C. Laubach proves that (a) most language groups with a spelling system in which the words are spelled as they sound can learn to read fluently in from one to twenty days, (b) that about 98% of the alphabetic languages in the world (other than English, which he claims is the worst spelling in the world) can be read fluently with less than three months of teaching, and (c) he claims that students could learn to read English fluently in one week if it had one sound for a spelling and one spelling for a sound,
  • in Dr. Laubach's books, he never mentions a student of normal intelligence in more than 300 languages (other than English) that he could not teach to read, and
  • almost half of U.S. adults cannot read fluently and almost all of those who do read fluently required at least two years to learn.

Literacy Research Associates, Inc. and NuEnglish, Inc., two non-profit educational corporations, have discovered and perfected a one-sound-to-one-spelling system, such as Dr. Laubach recommended, which is so simple that present readers — that means YOU — can learn to read in less than ten minutes and return to present reading rates with two or three months of use.

More importantly, beginning readers can learn to read this spelling system in a week or a little more. All beginning students except the most seriously mentally handicapped will certainly be able to learn to read in less than three months. As present-day teachers will tell us, the first three grades in school is now where we are expected to learn to read. After that we read to learn.

Almost every subject taught in school requires reading for classwork, homework, and testing. If students learn to read in the first half of first grade, they can cut out two years or more that are presently wasted learning to read, thereby removing the two years that English students are now behind students of the same age in almost every other language group in the world. For more authoritative and comprehensive information about this breakthrough plan for — at long last — removing the chains that our illogical and inconsistent spelling has used to hold English-speaking students with, essentially, one hand tied behind their backs in competition with students of other languages, you are urged to find out how we can definitely and permanently end our provably serious literacy crisis. There is a link in the left-hand column of this website where you can get a 265-page ebook describing the extent, cost, causes, and proven solution to functional illiteracy in English at no cost or obligation of any kind.

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