Tralala wrote:ryan wrote:Since 1983, more than 10 million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. In the same period, more than 6 million Americans dropped out of high school altogether.
I married one of the dropouts, and seeing how that's affected his life has been part of the reason I became a tutor...now teaching GED and HSEE Language Arts, and literacy classes. My ex never got his GED (refuses to, actually, though I'm not sure why), and he's basically had to live off of other people 'cause he can't get a decent job.ryan wrote:Approximately 50 percent of the nation's unemployed youth age 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
About a third of my literacy students have a high school diploma, but ended up in my class 'cause they got through with only a nodding acquaintance with "proper" English.ryan wrote:50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book.
I also work as a copy editor/proofreader for several Popular Periodical Publications. My bosses might deny it (and me), but language/grammar guidelines are set to keep the articles at (or close to) a fourth-grade reading level. Not that your average American can't read at a higher level, but an AA will (apparently) lose interest if the vocab. is more...complicated, I guess. And we've gotta keep 'em buying! Not sure who decided that fourth grade was the proper cutoff, but, well, that's the way it is.
More power to you T! Its great to see someone doing something to help. I was astounded to see some of the kids in one of the local high schools who had trouble reading and how far they got that way when we were asked to visit the schools in the area as part of a toned down "Scared Straight" Program since I am am LEO in a prison system.