As I continue to study generational poverty, I ran across an interesting article. According to begintoread.com, 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The site noted that if they’re not proficient by the 4th grade then there is a 78% chance they’ll never catch up.
Here are some other statistics:
Many of the USA ills are directly related to illiteracy. Just a few statistics:
- Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write.
- One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
- 43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
- 3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
- 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts
- 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts.
- Low literary costs $73 million per year in terms of direct health care costs. A recent study by Pfizer put the cost much higher.
You can read the short article here.