International Literacy Day is September 8th! Learn the Facts!

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International Literacy Day is  September 8th! Learn the Facts!

14% of people in the US would have trouble reading this.
More than 780 Million Adults in the World are Illiterate.
94-115 Million Children “lack access to education.”

international literacy day
We often take for granted the fact that we send our children to school and they learn how to read.  We assume that people we meet or with whom we work can read and write.  After all...this is the new Millennium, right?  

But, look at the above statistics on literacy.  Not being able to read or write has more implications than just having to listen to the audio version of Harry Potter rather than read it.

Being illiterate can affect a person’s health as well as their chances of earning a certain income level, how soon they become parents and more.  American businesses spend $60 Billion each year in training and much of that is in remedial reading, math and writing.

After Graduate School in Psychology, I administered tests for men and women for placement in certain programs.  Many of them had been in prison.  I had to give a short test to determine their reading level.  If they could not read above the 3rd Grade, that meant they could not read the MMPI (a personality test to identify personality structure and psychopathology.)   So we had tapes that read the test questions to them.  The time for them to have the test questions read to them often took more than 2 or 3 times as long as it would have had they been able to read.

I realized that if a person cannot read or write, how could they possibly get a good paying job? How could they function in a world that so heavily relies on a person’s ability to read and write?

international literacy daySo for International Literacy Day please grab a book and read to your child or grandchild.  Help them see the joy that comes from reading and the freedom that comes with knowledge.

And Don’t forget our own group here Reading in the Rain!


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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I read about International Literacy Day the other day . I thought of volunteering to help adults read.

Sep 07, 2012 08:41 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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This is such an important issue. Certainly something my parents and I faced when we came to this country.

Sep 07, 2012 08:44 PM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Kathy..... one wouldn't think that the illiteracy rate would be so high in our country.... children feel empowered when they first learn to read...

Sep 07, 2012 08:47 PM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Startling statistics BARFF................

Sep 07, 2012 08:51 PM #4
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I remember when I was in school in my country, one year we had to pick someone to teach them to read and at the end of the year it counted as a community grade so you can graduate.. . still it was not enough to overcome the rampant stealing from temporary governments that prefer to put the country's money on Swiss accounts than pay for teachers and build schools. .literacy is an enemy for them. . very sad.

Sep 07, 2012 09:28 PM #5
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Kathy, It is shocking to see that these stats are still so high, shocking and upsetting. Darn shame that they are this high.

Books have always been a priority in our house and we read to our children all the time.  There was always a library somewhere that we could get books from. 

Sep 07, 2012 10:19 PM #6
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Kathy, it is really a tragedy the level of illiteracy in this country.  That being said, I will tell you that while teaching at Queens College which is the jewel in the crown of the CUNY System, while the students were no illiterate, they had lots of comprehension issues and were definitely lacking in fundamentals of grammar.  So, this is an issue even deeper than the statistics.

Sep 07, 2012 10:37 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

SOOOOOO now I know what is wrong I have trouble reading and writing I want to thank you for the message and now go have a great day

Sep 07, 2012 10:39 PM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kathy-That statistic is staggering. So many of us take for granted the ability to read, go to school. It is sad that kids who would love to read have no access and yet we have others that drop out of school and don't appreciate the gift of a good education which reading is such a big part of. I personally love to read and can't imagine not being able. to. Love the post.

Sep 07, 2012 10:50 PM #9
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I only read things on the internet.  Seriously.  It's lame.  I should read more.  Good post Kathy!                                          

Sep 07, 2012 10:53 PM #10
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy,

These are some pretty eye awakening statistics! We do take for granted the ability to read..I personally love to read and always have several books and fun! I have downloaded the book for the reading group in Active Rain and not sure I'll have it done by the 15th but I'm trying!!

Sep 07, 2012 11:04 PM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning Kathy, Those are some eye opening stats. Very nice to promote awareness of this. Have a great Saturday

Sep 07, 2012 11:11 PM #12
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Morning Kathy, you always do such a great job of letting us all know these things...I would have never known otherwise!

Sep 07, 2012 11:43 PM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Kathy, thanks for spreading the word concerning this serious topic. The inability to read and write is a devastating handicap for anyone trying to make their way in the world. Books, books, books, let's hope they continue to line our book shelves, the more we can teach children that they are filled with wonderful adventures, the more we can help prevent the problem of illiteracy.

Sep 08, 2012 01:11 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gita- I've always felt that if we teach our kids nothing else, they must be able to read and write and a certain level.  

Joe- And I'd bet your parents put education first!  But think how hard it is to navigate through life not being able to read.

BarbaraT- when I see kids reading especially when I go to the library and see them it's like a little "yea" goes off in my head.

BARFF- I know... and I still encounter young people who can't add or subtract without a calculator. 

Fernando - I love the idea of one student helping another.   It is very sad and unthinkable that money sent to these countries goes into the pockets of the corrupt there. 

Bobbie- it's so important for kids to see their parents reading and to make it a habit. 

Joanna-don't get me started on grammar!  I shudder when I hear what's coming out of not only our children's mouths but our newscasters's as well. 

James- and how are you today!!!  Hope you're doing well. 

Sharon- I so agree.  We have to make it a priority!

Jared and Amanda- the important thing is that you're reading!  

Dorie- I need to make my self read something other than work related or the papers.  I actually have books on my phone and will read while I'm drying my hair!

Scott- you have a great day as well!  All sunny down here for now. 

Kristin- thank you and thank the Internet. 

Debb- I love it!  Read to your children at night and give them books for birthdays and such. 

Sep 08, 2012 03:10 AM #15
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Kathy, Giving the gift of reading is so important with the young ones. More importance needs to be placed in this direction!

Sep 08, 2012 08:44 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Have an outstanding week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the colors of the season.

Sep 08, 2012 08:36 PM #17
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy -- I don't how I missed this post -- reading opens the doors to so many wonderful things -- it is very sad to know that there are so many in our country without the ability to read enough to truly thrive and succeed due to the lack of comprehension.

Sep 09, 2012 01:58 AM #18
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