Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Literacy Is A Life Changer

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I taught school for twenty-eight years, as well as being an elementary school librarian part of those years. It is a tragedy to see adults, all the way from high school graduates to the elderly, who can't read above a fourth grade level.

Some of the posts I see on Facebook, convince me that some of the illiterate are appearing there. If you don't believe me, read some of them. You don't even have to read them closely.

Even in reading some books, I see blaring grammatical errors in them.

You can bet your boots that people who say, "I don't like to read", are most likely among the functionally illiterate.

We give Bibles to people to read, then don't make sure that they are capable. 

Thirty-two (32) MILLION American adults are illiterate.

21% of all American adults read below 5th Grade level or not at all.

Over 70 % of America's prison inmates read AT or BELOW a 4th grade level.

85% of all juveniles who wind up in court system are illiterate.

A person who can read well can learn how to do almost anything, if it is in writing!

This is not to say it is criminal to be unable to read, but oh, what a shame it is on us, we who claim to be the richest nation in the world (or used to be), to have so many people who can't read and experience that joy!

"There is no frigate like a book, To take us lands away,"
Emily Dickinson. 

I cannot tell you the number of hours I have spent in far away places, reading. Well, that's a whole other story.


Anonymous said...

Reading is such a joy it's true but, on a serious note, if you can't read you may take your medication incorrectly or give it to your children incorrectly; you may sign a contract to your disadvantage; you will likely end up either unemployed or working for minimum wage. There as so very many disadvantages to being illiterate. What an excellent A to Z post this is.

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Wow, what a interesting and distressing post. A great call to action as well as prayer. Thank you for bringing awareness! =)

Grammy said...

Good thoughts, Delores. I hadn't even considered those!

Thanks, Anne Marie!

mike spain said...

Literacy and education are important!

Grammy said...

Right you are, Mike. Thanks for the comment and visit.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

The most important part of education is knowing how to read at a suitable level.

Grammy said...

Yes, and being able to interpret and use what you read, as well.