Let's End Our Literacy Crisis

Let's End Our Literacy Crisis

by Bob C. Cleckler

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BN ID: 2940013199927
Publisher: American Book Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 703 KB

About the Author

Bob C. Cleckler grew up in Texas where he was an avid reader from early childhood. After studying elementary and secondary educa­tion and art at Hardin-Simmons University for two years, he switched to an engineering curriculum. Upon graduation from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, he joined Hercules Incorporated, where he worked for twenty-nine years. During this period he conducted many short research programs to solve various types of manufacturing problems and wrote dozens of extensive technical reports on his findings. He also taught numerous adult classes as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Utah National Guard Special Forces, and elsewhere.

In his position of Assistant Secretary of the Plant Process Control Board, in the Safety Department of Hercules Incorporated, Cleckler was responsible for analyzing numerous procedures for susceptibility to unintended explosive initiation at a $400 million, solid propellant rock­et motor plant. His failure to consider all possibilities could have re­sulted in an explosion, killing dozens of people and causing millions of dollars in damage. These scientific and statistical studies of manufac­turing problems were an ideal preparation for what has been a consum­ing interest in our literacy crisis. He became passionately concerned about illiteracy in 1985 after reading about the physical, financial, and emotional pain and suffering of illiterates described in Jonathan Ko­zol’s book Illiterate America—a passion that has extended to the present time.

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