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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Debb Janes
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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
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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
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
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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
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Roy Kelley
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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
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Michael Jacobs
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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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Kathy Streib

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