American Literacy Council

History of Literacy

A History of Literacy Initiatives in the United States and the Role of the American Literacy Council:

The number of people who can not read continues to go up, largely because of the flow of millions of Spanish-speaking people who flow across the southern borders from Mexico. Those few who apply for citizenship generally learn to speak and read English as a requirement of that process. But, with over 2.5 million people who not only can't read English, but who also cannot speak the language, the illiteracy rate increases every day.

Thoughtful writers have identified five causes of illiteracy. Scholars write books describing two or more of these causes as being the problem that needs to be attacked.

The original article states that the English language with its highly erratic system of spelling and the social factors are the main causes of the literacy dilemma of the US. If time permits the reader is encourage to read the entirety of the History of Literacy Initiatives in the U.S.

The Mythical Image of America's Past - Literacy
If Our Ancestors were largely illiterate, how can we explain
At one time culture was based in literature and print 1700-1800 Plowing with a book in one hand
Until 1920, printed matter was virtually all that was available. Print had very little competition.

Thoughtful writers have identified five causes of illiteracy. The English language with its highly erratic system of spelling.

The five causes are:

  1. The English language with it's highly erratic system of spelling.

  2. Government refusing to establish uniform standards for immigration and employment.

  3. Social factors created by the breakdown of the American family.

  4. Schools that introduce experimental new teaching methods.

  5. US history of illiterate rural population centers.

 


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