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 .
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. The answerer .