Monday, September 7, 2009
America's New Plague: Illiteracy
"Lester Benton stares down the new school year with steadfast determination. Every textbook, every essay marks a major accomplishment for the 50-year-old, who only recently began learning to read. The 1978 Yates High School graduate says that breaking the shackles of illiteracy is just the beginning for him. ... Until recently, Benton was among the 52 percent of Harris County adults deemed functionally illiterate in English. Many, such as Benton, are native Houstonians", Jennifer Radcliffe at the Houston Chronicle, 23 August 2009, link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6583329.html.
About five years ago, the Los Angeles Times had an article claiming 53 percent of Los Angeles County adults were functionally illiterate. What are our schools doing? Why ask? Can't we fix this by spending more money on education?