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Generational Illiteracy: Part I - Understanding the Problem: The Truth Behind the Secret
"92 million Americans have low or very low literacy skills - they cannot read above the 6th grade level. To be illiterate in America - or anywhere for that matter - is to be unsafe, uncomfortable and unprotected. For the illiterate, despair and defeat serve as daily fare. Can any of us who do know how to read really understand the sadness that is associated with the inability to read? Can we truly relate to the silent humiliation, the quiet desperation that can't be expressed, the hundreds of ways that those who cannot read struggle in shame to keep their secret? The struggle out of illiteracy ... is still a part of the story of America."
Generational Illiteracy: Part II - Poverty and Illiteracy, Old Friends
“The new data on illiteracy rates is a cry out for help to our school systems, policymakers, funders, and community members. Nothing short of a very strong investment in literacy through funding, diverse community partnerships, grassroots efforts, additional recruitment of qualified faculty, volunteerism, and allocation of other resources will help turn these numbers around in Prince George’s County.”
Generational Illiteracy: Part III - Did you know that there were two types of literacy?
The first is conventional literacy, which is realized when an individual can read, write, and comprehend material, as well as, understand whatever signs, labels, instructions, and directions are necessary to get along within one's environment. The second is functional literacy, which is defined as realized when an individual can function in their own environment and to reach success in their own roles in society. These individuals can read and write adequately to satisfy the requirements they set for themselves.