Today, illiteracy is a huge problem in America. But do you know how big? Do you know the facts about literacy? Give this quiz a try to find out:

Do You Know the Facts About Literacy?

Illiteracy: The Downfall of American Society

For those of us who can read, it may be difficult to imagine what it is like to live in a world of written texts. This piece by ABC News captures just how painful it is for those who cannot read.

Illiteracy: The Downfall of American Society

Clearly, those who suffer through life without being able to read encounter a hostile world. In his final interview, Brazilian philosopher and teacher Paulo Friere explains why this is the case. He argues that there are "cultivated" ways of speaking. This is what teachers should teach and students should learn. Although “uncultivated” speech should be valued, the reality of power makes knowing the "dominant syntax" essential. To do otherwise is to be left behind.