According to the 2014 US Census and data gathered by the U.S. Department of Ed along with the National Institute of Literacy, close to 32 million adults in the United States can’t or have a severe difficulty in reading, even at the most basic of levels. According to the Literacy Foundation, the most frequent causes of adult illiteracy are having parents with little schooling, lack of books at home and lack of reading stimulation as a child, dropping out of school, severely limited financial living conditions including poverty, and learning disabilities that have yet to been diagnosed. This is an interview with Bro. Carl Albert Davis a/k/a Israel Doctrine of several different YouTube channels, Israel Doctrine Reloaded and Carl Albert Israel Doctrine MCEO. Bro. Israel Doctrine was at one point in time, one of the adult illiterate.
Literate vs. Illiterate
An illiterate person cannot read or write, while a literate person can. Every educated person is literate, not every literate person is educated. A well-rounded and educated person should have the ability to think critically and make an argument for their way of thinking based on what they read, hear or watch. A person can still be very illiterate, yet possess the necessary comprehension skills to live in society at a subsistence level. Again, often illiteracy is a function of financial status, a learning disability or even worse neglect. Either way, illiteracy rates as high as they are, in a major developed country, such as the United States are absolutely unacceptable.
If you know of an adult that has difficulty in reading or doesn’t have the ability to read there are several steps you can take. Those steps are:
- Ask at your local libraries, public schools, and colleges. There’s probably a free program in your area.
- Make sure that they watch as much closed-captioning on every TV show, movie, and video as possible
- Get them to enroll in an ESL/EFL program that have easy-to-read texts for low-level literate adult learners
Illiteracy, especially adult illiteracy is an indictment on our educational system, its failings and misgivings. Please take some time, watch the interview, you’ll learn the story of a man that couldn’t read, who now can.
Adult Illiteracy in America: A Dream Differed
After the slave revolt of 1831, all slave states except Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee passed laws that made it illegal to teach slaves to read and write. The Alabama Slave Code of 1833 included this following law: “Any person who shall attempt to teach any free person of color, or slave, to spell, read or write, shall upon conviction thereof by indictment, be fined in a sum of not less than two hundred fifty dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars.”
Adult illiteracy is a dream deferred indeed.