Illiteracy in American Schools Analytical Essay by NatGo

Illiteracy in American Schools
This paper explores the reasons why so many of America's children are functionally illiterate.
# 9829 | 1,641 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in Education (Reading) , Sociology (Theory) , Education (General)

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This paper examines the causes of illiteracy in American schools. It defines the five levels which make up the concept of literacy and discusses the proportions of the population which make up each level. The paper examines different issues of illiteracy including the economic side as well as the way in which the government is trying to find a solution to this increasing problem.

From the Paper:

"Illiteracy in America is increasing at an alarming pace and continues to be a concern in schools across the nation. According to current estimates, the number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons per year (Sweet 2). How can so many people in one of the world's most technologically advanced countries be illiterate? We have free education for all and still at least one million high school graduates are functionally illiterate. According to the Department of Education, more than ninety million American adults lack simple literacy (Barber 453). In order to cure this epidemic, we must first diagnose the origin of the problem and examine why so many people are not properly taught the most basic and relatively simple task of reading."

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