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Teach a Child to Read & Save Society Money

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The benefits of reading are endless. It can expand a child’s vocabulary, boost confidence in the classroom and provide a significant advantage in academic and career goals. Teach a child to read and you also enable them to express themselves more clearly, which can have a significant financial impact…not only when it comes to their future pocketbooks, but society’s as well. Check out this info that highlights illiteracy’s impact on society.

Teach a Child to Read and Avoid Societal Costs

The National Right to Read Foundation states that 85 percent of delinquent children and 75 percent of the adult prison population are illiterate. This is not a coincidence. The inability to clearly express yourself as a child or an adult can have a major impact on educational achievement or employment applications.

The National Illiteracy Action Project believes the cost to the U.S. taxpayer and businesses to be $20 billion a year with a further $5 billion spent on supporting those individuals who are deemed unemployable because of illiteracy. Read more of the article on livestrong.

If you read that right, you could easily incur that learning to read not only helps save taxpayers’ money, but can also help a literate person avoid jail time. That’s because learning to read allows children to explore their favorite topics, whether its cars or fairies, and get lost in an activity that feeds their little minds. Teach a child to read, and you’ve provided a way to escape, a place of solace, if you will, where a child can retreat from the pressures of being young, and as they get older, the pressures of “real” life.

4 Comments

  1. Hello, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this article. It was practical.
    Keep on posting!

  2. First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question
    in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts
    prior to writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my
    mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first
    10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out
    how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thank you!

    • Thanks for reading! To answer your question, I’m a marketing writer by profession and always on deadline, so writers block is never an option. I do have a few tricks of the trade I’ll share that came in handy when I took writing courses in college:
      - Play FreeCell on the computer – This game forces you to think ahead a few steps before making a move…kind of like writing. I felt that it always helped my brain prepare for the writing process. Plus, if you’re already at your computer, the transition from game to writing is easy.

      - Find the time of day when you naturally write best, and cram in as much writing as you can during that time. I find mornings work best for me cause my brain isn’t overwhelmed from the day’s happenings. For me, nighttime is the worst because I’m tired. Oftentimes, what would take me an hour to write early in the day takes 2-3 hours if I try to do it at night.

      - I once had a professor suggest to start writing anything at all, even if it’s, “I can’t think of what to write and it sucks but I’m going to keep trying…..” Until you fall into your “groove.”
      I never tried this method, but if I’m struggling with an article, I just write whatever comes to mind on the topic, a very rough draft, and flush it out later.

      - I always find that a strong cup of coffee helps too.

      Lastly, if you’re taking 10 -15 minutes to clear your head, that actually sounds like it’s part of your writing process and quite possibly time well spent.

      Best of luck!

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