Essay on Literacy As Defined By National Assessment Of Adult Literacy

1335 Words May 24th, 2016 null Page
Literacy as defined by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy is the ability to use printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one 's goals, and to develop one 's knowledge and potential. Illiteracy or being illiterate is the exact opposite, it is being unable to read or write successfully. In America illiteracy is a major problem. In fact “illiteracy is such a problem that in our country 44 million adults are unable to read a simple story to their children” (Staggering). The fact that 44 million adults cannot read a bedtime story to their beloved children is a fact that most of us cannot even begin to fathom. The staggering statistics about adult illiteracy only continues from there. “ Overall fifty percent of cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level; also, 45 million adults are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level, and thirty six million adults cannot read better than the average third grader”(Staggering) (Grahl). Adults who cannot read better than the average third grader, fifth grader, or even eighth grader have trouble functioning in society and obtaining a successful job to support themselves or their families. Due to being illiterate, keeping a job or getting one can be extremely challenging; therefore, most illiterate adults rely on government handouts and welfare because it is the only source of income they can receive to support the ones they care for. Because finding or maintaining a job to support…

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