Posted by: Bob C. Cleckler | April 16, 2013

Widespread Illiteracy: Why Do YOU Want People to Read?

Most people today want their children to learn to read so they can get a good job. Today, people assume that most adults — especially those who are working at a full-time job — can read. It is an understandable assumption. Almost every American can read a thousand or so simple words they learned in the first three grades in school. Those who cannot read more than about a thousand words are very good at hiding their disability. It is a disability that keeps most of them from holding an above-poverty-level-wage job. Unless they have a spouse who is literate and holds a good-paying job, they are likely to be in poverty. They read so poorly that they do not like to read and seldom try to do so. As a result, as well as being in poverty they are also very prone to being misled by cultists, false religions, and other dangerous anti-social groups. This is a hazard for those who do not read the Bible for themselves.

Because the illiterates are so good at hiding their illiteracy and because the media do not publicize the true extent of illiteracy in America, very few people realize the seriousness of the problem. An analysis of the Adult Literacy in America report — the most statistically accurate and comprehensive study of U.S. adult literacy ever conducted — proves that a shocking 48.7% of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate, defined as being unable to read and write well enough to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job. This is the most reliable and accurate definition of functionally literacy, because employers have a very strong incentive to accurately determine a prospective employee’s ability to read and write well enough to be a profitable employee. All other methods of determining functional literacy are susceptible to unintentional (or even intentional) errors because of the size, time period, and persons chosen as test subjects for the database used and because of the data handling methods, calculation methods, and verification methods used. The analysis mentioned above also proves that 31.2% of these functional illiterates are in poverty and that they are more than twice as likely to be in poverty because of their illiteracy as for all other reasons combined.

All those who have even a little compassion for the many physical, mental, emotional, medical, and financial problems that illiterates must endure every day of their lives — problems that we would consider a crisis if we had to endure them — will want to help publicize the proven solution to ending illiteracy in English. For the sake of an estimated 600 million English-speaking people around the world who are functionally illiterate in English — including more than 93 million in the U.S. alone — you are urged to read the March 23, 2013 blog (the next earlier blog on this website) and to help publicize our humanitarian project of permanently ending illiteracy in English. If enough people know the seriousness of the problem and how easily it can be solved, English-speaking nations around the world can begin the process of permanently ending illiteracy in English!

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