A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Literacy in America

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In the field of literary reform, there are many problems that arise causing the reformation to be stalled or even halted. In addition to these issues, there are a variety of stakeholders that play key roles in combating these smaller issues that inhibit action on the more pressing one. Through careful research practices and evaluation of actions that stakeholders have previously undergone, a solution that better embraces the mission of these organizations can arise. The Problems That Arise when Combating Illiteracy Rates in the US Although there are many programs in place with missions that include an aim to raise the rate of literacy in America, the number of effective programs is relatively slim. There are various challenges to educational and literacy development. In low-income communities the most prevalent obstacles to combating illiteracy are “the negative image on part of the educated and gainfully employed towards low-income communities” (Wadden & Fagan, n.d.). This creates a lack of understanding of the community which stems from baggage from school experiences, limited funds, single parent responsibilities, and a lack of identity with the more privileged community. Susan B. Neuman, a renowned faculty member at the Center for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at the University of Michigan, states that the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States and beyond is access to books and educational material. “If we can solve the problem of access, we will be well on the road to realizing educational parity – a goal which has eluded the country for generations” (Book Trust, n.d.). Although this is a factor in the scheme of illiteracy, it is not necessarily the most important one. Research... ... middle of paper ... ...inable-business/ Von Zastrow, C. (2008, December 12). Changing the odds for children at risk: An interview with susan b. neuman. Retrieved from Learning First website: http://www.learningfirst.org/changing-odds-children-risk-interview-susan-b-neuman Wadden, M., & Fagan, B. (n.d.). Literacy development: A community perspective. Retrieved from Memorial University website: http://www.mun.ca/educ/faculty/mwatch/fall01/wadden-fagan.htm Waldfogel, J. (2012). The Role of Out-of-School Factors in the Literacy Problem. Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, 22(2), 39-49. Retrieved from http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/22_02_03.pdf Waters, E. (2011, November 1). The roles of educational stakeholders and influencing factors. Retrieved from http://voices.yahoo.com/the-roles-educational-stakeholders-influencing-10343743.html?cat=4
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