Some scary facts about literacy in America:
- Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will never catch up. Most will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
- 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.
- As of 2011, America was the only well-developed country where the current generation was not as well educated than their parents.
- Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who can neither read nor write.
- 53 percent of 4th graders admitted to reading recreationally “almost every day,” while only 20 percent of 8th graders could say the same. (2009 study)
- Reading at school is critical, but increasing reading skills outside of school is essential to fostering school success. Research indicates that without outside practice, students lose reading skills. 55% of children do not engage in programs that can enhance their processing and reading ability. The main reasons stated for not seeking these alternative programs were the cost of outside help, the time it takes to attend these programs and the child’s lack of motivation because the programs were seen as “boring.”
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