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Illiteracy is a crucial issue facing this nation There are too many individuals who cannot read or write According to the National Adult Literacy Survey some 40 to 44 million of the 191 million adults in the United States demonstrate the lowest basic literacy skills and approximately 50 million adults have skills on the next higher level of proficiency What is worse is that the next generation of illiterate adults is currently in classrooms across the nation According to the latest reading results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress NAEP there are a large number of children who are falling through the cracks Many do not even have a basic understanding of what they read In many cases it was because their teacher was never taught to teach reading correctly In other instances children are having difficulties because their parents are illiterate and are unable to help them with their schoolwork GoodlingIt has been shown that when students are systematically taught to read fluently by the end of the first grade they have the greatest chance of being successful students later in life There are many administrators and teachers who have not yet learned the proper method of teaching reading Many teachers were trained in whole language which taught children to guess at words by looking at pictures and cues instead of sounding out words as in phonics instruction They believe that whole language would enable children to be life long lovers of learning and literature Instead many of their students slipped through the cracks not reaching their full potential They sit in elementary middle and high schools across the nation today They dont love learning or reading because one cant love learning or reading if one cant read BarretTo teach students how to read doesnt take hundreds of thousands of dollars It takes hard work perseverance patience courage and a use of a curriculum that follows the current research on how children learn
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