“Simply providing access is the first and most important step in encouraging literacy development.”
If more access leads to more reading, and if more reading leads to better reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and a larger vocabulary, this means that the first step any literacy campaign needs to take is to make sure children have access to plenty of books.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly two-thirds of low-income American families do not own any books for their children.
Books are essential to developing a healthy self-image and are how we discover and learn new things.
Students who reported having all four types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias) in their home scored, on average, higher than those who reported having fewer reading materials.
Out-of-school reading habits of students have shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.
Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years.
The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don't read well enough, quickly enough, or easily enough.
More than 3 out of 4 of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers, and 68% of those arrested are illiterate. About 3 in 5 of American prison inmates are illiterate.
14% of adults in this country can't read this website.
That’s 1 out of every 7 people.