Facts about Illiteracy

  • Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.[1]

  • Three out of four people on welfare can't read.[1]

  • School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues.[1]

  • Three out of five people in American prisons can't read and 85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading.[1]

Many preservice teachers are not receiving the instruction they need to be able to teach reading effectively. We believe the solution to the reading dilemma is to go straight to the source: colleges of education/preservice teachers.[2][3]

  1. Kirsch, Irwin S, et al. “Adult Literacy in America.” NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS, Apr. 2002, nces.ed.gov/pubs93/93275.pdf.
  2. Moats, Louisa. “Knowledge Foundations for Teaching Reading and Spelling.” Keys to Literacy, Springer Science Business Media B.V., 23 Jan. 2009, www.keystoliteracy.com/wp-content/pdfs/orc-genlit/Knowledge of foundations for teaching.pdf.
  3. Brady, Susan, and Louisa Moats. “Informed Instruction for Reading Success: Foundations for Teacher Preparation. A Position Paper of the International Dyslexia Association.” ERIC Institution of Education Sciences, 1997, files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED411646.pdf.

Teachers should no longer be taught that teaching is an exercise in personal philosophy and that learning to read is a natural, organic process" (Walsh et al., 2006)