Books are Wonderful, but can Americans Read them? Forms of Illiteracy in American Culture
Books can open up vast new worlds, but if few people can read them, the knowledge and understanding they offer lie dormant. Functional and other forms of illiteracy are on the rise in the US, with devastating consequences. This presentation will examine the rates of illiteracy in the US, with special attention paid to racial, class and geographic differences. The causes of illiteracy, as well as possible solutions, will also be considered.
Keywords: Illiteracy, Functional Illiteracy, Race, Class, Geography
Dr. Carol Apt
Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, South Carolina State University