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.