14% of people in the US would have trouble reading this.
More than 780 Million Adults in the World are Illiterate.
94-115 Million Children “lack access to education.”
We often take for granted the fact that we send our children to school and they learn how to read. We assume that people we meet or with whom we work can read and write. After all...this is the new Millennium, right?
But, look at the above statistics on literacy. Not being able to read or write has more implications than just having to listen to the audio version of Harry Potter rather than read it.
Being illiterate can affect a person’s health as well as their chances of earning a certain income level, how soon they become parents and more. American businesses spend $60 Billion each year in training and much of that is in remedial reading, math and writing.
After Graduate School in Psychology, I administered tests for men and women for placement in certain programs. Many of them had been in prison. I had to give a short test to determine their reading level. If they could not read above the 3rd Grade, that meant they could not read the MMPI (a personality test to identify personality structure and psychopathology.) So we had tapes that read the test questions to them. The time for them to have the test questions read to them often took more than 2 or 3 times as long as it would have had they been able to read.
I realized that if a person cannot read or write, how could they possibly get a good paying job? How could they function in a world that so heavily relies on a person’s ability to read and write?
So for International Literacy Day please grab a book and read to your child or grandchild. Help them see the joy that comes from reading and the freedom that comes with knowledge.
And Don’t forget our own group here Reading in the Rain!