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             Eradicating Illiteracy in Our School
             Literacy is the best indication of a country's educational status and education is the best
             path to a country's prosperity. If this is the case then why does the most affluent and
             technologically advanced country in the world has a reading problem? The United States has
             millions of citizens who cannot even read the simple instructions on a can of soup. In a
             country where education is provided to everyone at no cost how do we end up with so many
             people who cannot read? How do we break the cycle of illiteracy so that all children have an
             equal opportunity to succeed in the world? In this paper I will discuss the history, causes, and
             factors of illiteracy and hopefully some achievable solutions to the problem.
             The United States started it's commitment to literacy back in the 18th century when
             reading and writing were taught to all soldiers and military personnel. In the post industrial
             revolution America, in an attempt to satisfy employer's need for literate workers, built schools in
             the more populated areas of the country. Women, minorities, and those people living in less
             populated areas had the lowest levels of literacy in the country. Eventually as society
             progressed, the growing rate of functional illiteracy was noticed and steps were taken to combat
             it. It seems that this was a case of too little too late. "At the end of the 19th century, the illiteracy
             rate was less than 3%. Today, up to 50% of Americans are illiterate or only semi-literate .
             Money Not the solution to Illiteracy. (2000). Retrieved January 28, 2002, from
             http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/2000/may00/illiteracy.html.
             How can so many people be illiterate in this day and age of technology where
             information on virtually anything can be accessed by the touch of a button or the click of a
             mouse? Many people blame illiteracy on bad school


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