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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 schools, lazy kids, or lazy parents.


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