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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Chances are very good that you have not heard about one of America's best-hidden, dirty, little secrets: widespread functional illiteracy and the truancy, juvenile delinquency, crime, poverty, and other problems it causes. Almost every American can read at least a few simple words they learned in the first three grades in school. If that is all they can read, however, they do not like to read and almost never try to do so. (Statistics show that almost half of U.S. adults never read another entire book after leaving school.) Much more importantly, however, they cannot read well enough to get by as well as they should in our increasingly complex society and to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job. There are several definitions of functional illiteracy. . . .Read More
As a means of resisting change, people can usually think of objections to almost any change suggested—even changes that would be an obvious improvement. The objections raised to ending English illiteracy by simplifying English spelling is a case in point. Almost any linguist will tell you that the problem of learning to read English is not the grammar and syntax of English (which is easier than that of many other languages). The problem is the spelling. English spelling is the most confusing, illogical, and chaotic spelling in the world. Due to its extent and seriousness however, ending English illiteracy deserves careful attention.Read More
The first sentence of a recent Bridge column by Phillip Alder states, “Kenneth Grahame, a Scottish author who wrote ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ said, ‘The strongest human instinct is to impart information; the second strongest is to resist it.’” I hope that is not true of you, dear reader.
Human beings have the perfect right — and the ability — to believe whatever they choose. As you know, people often believe whatever they choose in spite of the facts. It is in the short term best interests of . . . Read More
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Based upon the introductory blog posted July 5, 2012 titled "Why English Spelling Is So Bad," this blog explains the details of the primary reason that 48.7 percent of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate and that 31.2 percent of these functional illiterates are in poverty. The "million dollar question" is: How long will it be before English-speaking people around the world act in their own financial self-interest and the interest of their illiterate fellow-man and . . . . Read More
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. . . . Read More
If your are very busy, as many of us tend to be, you may be tempted to quickly scan these blogs to see if there is something interesting that you can spend a short time on as a diversion from your busyness. What you undoubtedly do not know — and that which I am unable to convince you in these short blogs — is how extensive and serious the problem of English functional illiteracy really is and how it adversely affects every English-speaking person around the world, not just the illiterates hidden among us. The details of . . . . Read More
English functional illiteracy is a far worse problem than most Americans realize; it adversely affects everyone — reader and non-reader alike. It causes numerous serious physical, mental, emotional, medical, and financial problems for illiterates — problems that we would consider a crisis if they occurred to us. Illiteracy costs every adult American at least $5,000 each year (1) for government programs that illiterates use; (2) for truancy, juvenile delinquency, and crime directly related to illiteracy; and (3) for higher costs of consumer goods due to higher costs of recruiting and training employees and for mistakes and inabilities of illiterates in the workplace.
Numerous changes to our educational system . . . . Read More
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 . . . . Read More
Discussing the illiteracy problem and its effect on crime, former first lady Barbara Bush stated, "All this tells us that some people can't make a living in the legitimate world, and they turn to crime and sometimes even to drugs out of frustration. I'm not making excuses for them. I'm just telling you a fact of life." Crime presently costs the U.S. $675 billion or more each year, and the cost of running prisons, jails, probation and parole systems is another $60 billion each year.
Even if we conservatively estimate that only 30 percent of the expense of crime is due to functional illiteracy, it still amounts to $221 billion each year. With 153 million or more taxpayers, that amounts to $1444 each every year. We desperately need . . . . Read More
Part of the objection to changing the teaching of reading is that almost all of us who can read learned to read as children and have long ago forgotten the difficulty we had. Our eyes glide easily over a multitude of traps for those learning to read. We tell ourselves, "I learned to read with the present method of teaching reading. I'm no genius. If I learned, so can anyone else."
We tend to think that if a student does not learn to read, it is . . . . Read More
This very important blog concerning ending English functional illiteracy with a very much more efficient method of teaching fluent reading can be accessed with this link. It is not posted here because of Search Engine Optimization downgrade of duplicate posts.Read More
If you read no other book this year, read Let’s End Our Literacy Crisis, Revised Edition! Solving our very serious literacy crisis is so important that every responsible English-speaking person should be willing to spend the time needed to read this breakthrough book. . . .Read More
Dr. Frank Charles Laubach, perhaps the world's foremost teacher of adult illiterates, taught adults around the world in more than 300 alphabetic languages other than English. First, let's authenticate — as much as possible — that Dr. Frank Charles Laubach was the world's foremost expert on teaching adult illiterates all around the world to read. Here are some of his major accomplishments: . . . .Read More
One of the many types of problems that English functional illiterates must frequently endure is industrial accidents in the workplace. Working with toxic chemicals can be a frightening job for anyone. It is especially so for someone who cannot read the package labels or the signs on the walls, such as a warning that a face mask must be worn in a certain area because of dangerous fumes. The same is true regarding warnings . . . .Read More
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, . . . .Read More
Are you willing to mentally grapple with the proof of a proven way of solving a problem that is seriously affecting YOU and more than 1.4 billion English-speaking people around the world? If you make any pretense of being compassionate about people's serious problems, I challenge you . . . .Read More
Several respected linguistic and educational experts have stated that with our present method of teaching reading, many students — even some of our brightest students — will never become fluent readers. Almost every American can read at least a thousand simple words learned in the first three grades in school. If that is all they can read, however, they are functionally illiterate.
Here is an unexpectedly vital question for you. What percentage of U.S. adults do you think are functionally illiterate? . . . .Read More