Essay Illiteracy in America

629 Words Jul 19th, 2012 3 Pages
Illiteracy in America is still one of the most prevalent issues in our society today. The key to solving this issue falls upon our educational system and its counterparts. I think that if our country focuses on what it seems to be lacking in education, illiteracy can possibly be solved. It is very unfortunate that illiteracy has not been dispelled. Unfortunately, illiteracy has increased significantly. According to the National Right to Read Foundation, an incomprehensible 42 million Americans cannot read, write or perform simple math. Another 50 million Americans cannot read past the 4th grade level. The question still arises, “How can illiteracy be prevented in America”?
I think it is a travesty that America’s youth have to endure the
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The actual ramifications that result from illiteracy have a more devastating effect on the overall population. The programs that are in effect now to prevent illiteracy are almost an infantile approach to such a broad based issue. Third world countries, such as Morocco, Pakistan, Mexico, Sudan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Congo all suffer from mass illiteracy. These countries have substantial issues that result from the lack of education and literacy. I don’t think our society really understand the importance of knowing how to read and write. A lot of health care issues could be prevented if certain prescriptions and symptoms were able to be read properly. America’s high school drop-out rate quite possibly could decrease if more of these disadvantaged youth had the chance to gain a top notch education. Programs being made available to these children before they can consider dropping out of school can be a catalyst into literacy.
In conclusion, “How can illiteracy be prevented in America”? With further research into this issue I will delve into the past, present, and future solutions for this issue. As I research the solutions to this issue I will also present some of the statistics that lead to illiteracy and how illiteracy impacts America on a government, financial, and societal level. Illiteracy may be a growing

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