Illiterate America (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 2, 2011 - Social Science - 270 pages
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It is startling and it is shaming: in a country that prides itself on being among the most enlightened in the world, 25 million American adults cannot read the poison warnings on a can of pesticide, a letter from their child’s teacher, or the front page of a newspaper. An additional 35 million read below the level needed to function successfully in our society. The United States ranks forty-ninth among 158 member nations of the UN in literacy, and wastes over $100 billion annually as a result. The problem is not merely an embarrassment, it is a social and economic disaster.
 
In Illiterate America, Jonathan Kozol, author of National Book Award-winning Death at an Early Age, addresses this national disgrace. Combining hard statistics and heartrending stories, he describes the economic and the human costs of illiteracy. Kozol analyses and condemns previous government action—and inaction—and, in a passionate call for reform, he proposes a specific program to conquer illiteracy.
 
One out of every three American adults cannot read this book—which is why everyone else must.
  

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User Review  - Sasha - Goodreads

Old as it is, this book is still sadly relevant. Read full review

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User Review  - Keith Slade - Goodreads

Good book about this problem. I was working on my library degree at the time. Read full review

Contents

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PART THREE
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PART TWO
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Afterword
The Prospects for the GenerationNow in Public School
APPENDIX
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Jonathon Kozol has been awarded the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His previous books include Amazing Grace and Savage Inequalities. He lives in Byfield, Massachusetts.

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