The most essential building block for success in school and throughout life is learning to read. But if a child has parents who cannot read, there is a much higher chance that child will also be unable to read.
The statistics are jarring. Two-thirds of students who can’t read well by the end of the fourth grade will wind up behind bars or on welfare. Eighty-five percent of all juveniles who wind up in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and more than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.
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