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The State of Education Today
News

For the first time in American history, the next generation will be less literate than the previous generation.[1]

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In 1998, it was determined that nearly 2x as much is spent on ice cream in Europe as is spent on basic education in all developing countries.[2]

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1 in 4 children grows up not knowing how to read.

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There are almost 500,000 words in the English Language - the largest language on earth. But one third of all english writing is made up of only 22 words.[3]

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Between 1950 and 2009, U.S. Federal Government spending on Education (as % of total spending) fell by more than 60%.[4]

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According to UNICEF, "Nearly a billion people enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women."[5]

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High school drop outs are 8x more likely to go to end up in prison.[6]

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Approximately 7,000 kids drop out of school every day in the United States alone! That's 2.5 million kids each year.[7]

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67% of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

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42 million American adults can't read at all and an additional 50 million are unable to read at a higher level that is expected of a 4th or 5th grader.

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50% of American adults are unable to read an 8th grade level book.[8]

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The average reader spends about 1/6 of the time they spend reading actually rereading words.[9]

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20% of high school seniors can be classified as being functionally illiterate at the time they graduate.

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70% percent of prisoners in state and federal systems can be classified as illiterate.

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85% of all juvenile offenders rate as functionally or marginally illiterate.

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43% of those whose literacy skills are lowest live in poverty.

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In the United States, low literacy adds more than $70 million to health care costs every year.

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Dyslexia is often considered a hindrance for learning but over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. They are deliberately sought after because they have superb problem solving skills and excellent 3D and spatial awareness.[10]

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Dyslexia affects 20% of children - 10 million in America alone. These childrens' unique thinking is being stifled in today's education system.[11]

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And so much more...

1. From the film, Waiting for Superman.
3. Paul Kropp, "The Reading Solution".
4. Based on U.S. Federal Government spending data from 1950 to present.
6,7. The Oprah Winfrey Show: Shocking Education Statistics.
8. Jonathan Kozol, Illiterate America.
9. The Literacy Company, Changing the Way People Read.
10. Mary-Margaret Scholtens, director of the Alternative Programs Providing Learning Experiences Group, ©2005, Jonesboro Sun.
11. Sally Shaywitz, M.D., 2004
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