Illiteracy in America is still growing at an alarming rate and that fact has not changed much since Rudolf Flesch wrote his best-selling expose of reading instruction in 1955. Illiteracy continues to be a critical problem, demanding enormous resources from local, state, and federal taxes, while arguments about how to teach children to read continue to rage within the education research community, on Capitol Hill, in business, and in the classroom. The International Reading Association estimates that more than one thousand research papers are prepared each year on the subject of literacy, and that is very likely a low figure. For the past 50 years, America's classrooms have been used by psychologists, sociologists, educationists, and politicians as a giant laboratory for unproven, untried theories of learning, resulting in a near collapse of public education. It is time we begin to move away from "what's new" and move toward "what works." The grim statistics According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can't read; 50 million can recognize so few printed words they are limited to a 4th or 5th grade reading level; one out of every four teenagers drops out of high school, and of those who graduate, one out of every four has the equivalent or less of an eighth grade education. According to current estimates, the number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons each year. This number includes nearly 1 million young people who drop out of school before graduation, 400,000 legal immigrants, 100,000 refugees, and 800,000 illegal immigrants, and 20 % of all high school graduates. Eighty-four percent of the 23,000 people who took an exam for entry-level jobs at New York Telephone in 1988, failed. More than half of Fortune 500 companies have become educators of last resort, with the cost of remedial employee training in the three R's reaching more than 300 million dollars a year. One estimate places the yearly cost in welfare programs and unemployment compensation due to illiteracy at six billion dollars. An additional 237 billion dollars a year in unrealized earnings is forfeited by persons who lack basic reading skills, according to Literacy Volunteers of America. The federal government alone has more than 79 literacy-related programs administered by 14 federal agencies. The total amount of money being spent on illiteracy by the federal government can only be guessed at, because there has never been a complete assessment prepared. A conservative estimate would place the amount at more than ten billion dollars each year, and growing steadily.
14% of adults in the United States cannot read.
2 - 3 percent of adults sleepwalk occasionally
Probably 50 percent
about 65 percent
About 80% of American adults carry herpes simplex 1.
shoot, i aint know!?
around 50 to 60% vote
Roughly 30% of Americans are now obese.
91 %male: 92.3%female: 89.7%
Eighty five percent of adults can read. Fifteen percent of Americans are illiterate and can't read at all. The education system in America is blamed for this.
about 30 million American adults have lactose intolerance in America.
60% out of adults like to read.
the percentage of adults that don't swim is the same percentage of fat people in America %12
Close to one third of U.S adults or 31.6% of their population
Anyone can read anything they want to. Adults are a little to old to read Goosebumps, but if they want to, they can.
19.49% i read this in a national geographic lolz
What percentage of adults over the age of 50 are employed?
Approximately 6.8% of American adults age 18 and over have a social phobia.
Adults can read whatever they like, if they choose to read comics, then the answer is yes
And 63 percent of American adults have.
Approximately 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder.