Check out these stats:
- More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level – far below the level needed to earn a living wage. –National Institute for Literacy, Fast Facts on Literacy, 2001
- 44 million adults in the U.S. can’t read well enough to read a simple story to a child. –National Adult Literacy Survey (1992) NCED, U.S. Department of Education
- 60 percent of America’s prison inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems. –U.S. Department of Education
- To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020, citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now have been achieved by only a small percentage of the population. -National Council on Teachers of English Standards for the English Language Arts
- Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 – 4 times more likely to drop out in later years. -National Adult Literacy Survey, (1002) NCES, U.S. Department of Education
What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children’s learning potential simply by making opportunities available to them. Read Smart can help you do that.