The 99-Year-Old Problem You Won't Believe America Still Hasn't Solved

"The rapid increase in adult illiteracy not only is costing an economic loss of $500,000,000 a year in the United States, but has become a menace to representative governments." 

In 1914 — yes, you read that year correctly — P.P. Claxton, the commissioner of education,said this. And it's still true. If you have children, grandchildren, or a little sibling anywhere in the world that you even remotely care about, it is time to demand more. If you are a business owner who might ever hire someone who was educated in America, it is time to demand more. If you are a taxpayer who wants your fellow citizens to pay their fair share through productive work, it is time to demand more. If you defended or are defending America from danger and are worried about our future safety, it is time to demand more.

It’s plain, simple economics. A country can’t maintain its prosperity or peace with a functionally illiterate citizenry. Just look at the facts:

-More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level, far below the level needed to earn a living wage.