Illiteracy in America

Illiteracy in America

by Edward F. Dolan, Margaret M. Scariano
     
 

Ten percent of adult Americans are totally illiterate; they cannot read the word danger on a warning sign or stop on a traffic sign. Some 45 million, almost 20 percent of the population, are functionally illiterate; they cannot read well enough to meet the practical needs of daily life. Worldwide, the greatest number of illiterates are women; 35 percent of women…  See more details below

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Ten percent of adult Americans are totally illiterate; they cannot read the word danger on a warning sign or stop on a traffic sign. Some 45 million, almost 20 percent of the population, are functionally illiterate; they cannot read well enough to meet the practical needs of daily life. Worldwide, the greatest number of illiterates are women; 35 percent of women cannot read and write as compared to 20 percent of men.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A thorough discussion of the subject that covers the history of illiteracy in the U.S. and places an emphasis on the problem today. Possible causes, costs to society, and remedial programs are introduced. The situation globally, especially in the developing world, is presented as well, with attention to the disproportionately high levels of females who cannot read or write. The book concludes with suggestions for individual participation in ``joining the battle'' to wipe out illiteracy. The writing is well balanced and straightforward. There are helpful subheadings, but no illustrations. A strong bibliography and index are included. This volume has a wider scope and is more difficult than Elizabeth Sirimarco's Illiteracy (Rourke, 1991) and Deborah Crisfield's Literacy (Macmillan, 1992). For students who need a complete, comprehensive survey of the topic, Dolan and Scariano's title is a suitable choice.-Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531111789
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Impact Books Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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