International Literacy Day is September 8th! Learn the Facts!

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International Literacy Day is  September 8th! Learn the Facts!

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.”

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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?

international literacy daySo 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!


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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

I read about International Literacy Day the other day . I thought of volunteering to help adults read.

September 08, 2012 03:41 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709

This is such an important issue. Certainly something my parents and I faced when we came to this country.

September 08, 2012 03:44 AM
Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Good morning, Kathy..... one wouldn't think that the illiteracy rate would be so high in our country.... children feel empowered when they first learn to read...

September 08, 2012 03:47 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Lets shake things up at your home today!
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

Startling statistics BARFF................

September 08, 2012 03:51 AM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001

I remember when I was in school in my country, one year we had to pick someone to teach them to read and at the end of the year it counted as a community grade so you can graduate.. . still it was not enough to overcome the rampant stealing from temporary governments that prefer to put the country's money on Swiss accounts than pay for teachers and build schools. .literacy is an enemy for them. . very sad.

September 08, 2012 04:28 AM
Bobbie Smith
Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891,

Kathy, It is shocking to see that these stats are still so high, shocking and upsetting. Darn shame that they are this high.

Books have always been a priority in our house and we read to our children all the time.  There was always a library somewhere that we could get books from. 

September 08, 2012 05:19 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
Fresh Eyes For Your Home

Hi Kathy, it is really a tragedy the level of illiteracy in this country.  That being said, I will tell you that while teaching at Queens College which is the jewel in the crown of the CUNY System, while the students were no illiterate, they had lots of comprehension issues and were definitely lacking in fundamentals of grammar.  So, this is an issue even deeper than the statistics.

September 08, 2012 05:37 AM
James Dray
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
Wise Custom Realty

SOOOOOO now I know what is wrong I have trouble reading and writing I want to thank you for the message and now go have a great day

September 08, 2012 05:39 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Kathy-That statistic is staggering. So many of us take for granted the ability to read, go to school. It is sad that kids who would love to read have no access and yet we have others that drop out of school and don't appreciate the gift of a good education which reading is such a big part of. I personally love to read and can't imagine not being able. to. Love the post.

September 08, 2012 05:50 AM
Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
Century 21 Bradley.
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

I only read things on the internet.  Seriously.  It's lame.  I should read more.  Good post Kathy!                                          

September 08, 2012 05:53 AM
Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good morning Kathy,

These are some pretty eye awakening statistics! We do take for granted the ability to read..I personally love to read and always have several books and fun! I have downloaded the book for the reading group in Active Rain and not sure I'll have it done by the 15th but I'm trying!!

September 08, 2012 06:04 AM
Scott Godzyk
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
Godzyk Real Estate Services

Good Morning Kathy, Those are some eye opening stats. Very nice to promote awareness of this. Have a great Saturday

September 08, 2012 06:11 AM
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
RE/MAX Realty Center

Morning Kathy, you always do such a great job of letting us all know these things...I would have never known otherwise!

September 08, 2012 06:43 AM
Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

Hi there Kathy, thanks for spreading the word concerning this serious topic. The inability to read and write is a devastating handicap for anyone trying to make their way in the world. Books, books, books, let's hope they continue to line our book shelves, the more we can teach children that they are filled with wonderful adventures, the more we can help prevent the problem of illiteracy.

September 08, 2012 08:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Gita- I've always felt that if we teach our kids nothing else, they must be able to read and write and a certain level.  

Joe- And I'd bet your parents put education first!  But think how hard it is to navigate through life not being able to read.

BarbaraT- when I see kids reading especially when I go to the library and see them it's like a little "yea" goes off in my head.

BARFF- I know... and I still encounter young people who can't add or subtract without a calculator. 

Fernando - I love the idea of one student helping another.   It is very sad and unthinkable that money sent to these countries goes into the pockets of the corrupt there. 

Bobbie- it's so important for kids to see their parents reading and to make it a habit. 

Joanna-don't get me started on grammar!  I shudder when I hear what's coming out of not only our children's mouths but our newscasters's as well. 

James- and how are you today!!!  Hope you're doing well. 

Sharon- I so agree.  We have to make it a priority!

Jared and Amanda- the important thing is that you're reading!  

Dorie- I need to make my self read something other than work related or the papers.  I actually have books on my phone and will read while I'm drying my hair!

Scott- you have a great day as well!  All sunny down here for now. 

Kristin- thank you and thank the Internet. 

Debb- I love it!  Read to your children at night and give them books for birthdays and such. 

September 08, 2012 10:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374

Kathy, Giving the gift of reading is so important with the young ones. More importance needs to be placed in this direction!

September 08, 2012 03:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger

Have an outstanding week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the colors of the season.

September 09, 2012 03:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hi Kathy -- I don't how I missed this post -- reading opens the doors to so many wonderful things -- it is very sad to know that there are so many in our country without the ability to read enough to truly thrive and succeed due to the lack of comprehension.

September 09, 2012 08:58 AM
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