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Did you know that 60 million people in the US are illiterate about one third of the population at the time of Jonathan Kozols publication of The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society Illiteracy isnt just what is defined in the Websters dictionary as inability to read illiteracy prevents those who are illiterate from living a normal every-day life Jonathan Kozol explained in The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society the dreadful consequences of being illiterate Stated in the Human Cost of an Illiterate Society the consequences of being illiterate are Illiterates cannot read the menu and the cost of the food they want to order in a restaurant they cannot assist their children with school related things They cannot read the labels and warning on a bottle of medicine They cannot read the terms and conditions in the insurance form or the waiver that they willingly sign Illiterates cannot read the terms and conditions of the lease contract they enter into They cannot sign checks or manage their accounts They do not understand the numbers in the directory or even call emergency numbers like the police department or the fire department They can only buy the products in the grocery which have photographs or familiar logos They cannot read the cooking instructions in a pack of frozen foods They cannot travel freely read the street names and the warning signs Since these basic skills and literacy abilities are widely viewed as necessities for lifelong learning and the development of success among individuals families communities and even nations should we question why havent America as a world nation leader address a problem which so many nations poorer than our own have found it natural to correct I believe that solution to the serious problem of illiteracy are solve in sequence steps which are first to define and find the illiteracy problem in America then find ways to helps the citizens and residents of America to
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