How Illiteracy Can Ruin Your Childs Life

It may seem obvious to many people why literacy is so important in our technologically advanced society. However, many parents may not fully realize the emotional pain and life-long damage illiteracy can cause their children. Literacy, the ability to read well, is the foundation of children's education.

If children can't read well, every subject they try to learn will frustrate them. If they can't read math, history, or science textbooks, if they stumble over the words, they will soon give up reading out of frustration. Asking children who are poor readers to study these subjects is like asking them to climb a rope with one arm.

Kids learn to read in their most formative years, which is why reading can profoundly affect their self-esteem. When children learn to read, they also start learning how to think abstractly, because words convey ideas and relationships between ideas. How well they read therefore affects children's feelings about their ability to learn. This in turn affects how kids feel about themselves generally whether a child thinks he or she is stupid or bright. Children who struggle with reading often blame themselves and feel ashamed of themselves.

As Donald L. Nathanson, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College noted: "First reading itself, and then the whole education process, becomes so imbued with, stuffed with, amplified, magnified by shame that children can develop an aversion to everything that is education."

Often, poor readers will struggle just to graduate from high school. They can lose general confidence in themselves, and therefore the confidence to try for college or pursue a career. Their job opportunities can dry up. Their poor reading skills and low self-confidence can strangle their ability to earn money. They can struggle financially their whole lives. If they marry and have children, they can struggle even more.

Life for illiterate adults can easily degenerate into misery, poverty, failure, and hopelessness. According to a 1992 study by the National Institute for Literacy, "43 % of Americans with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty and 70 % have no job or a part-time job. Only 5% of Americans with strong literacy skills live in poverty."

As Dr. Grover Whitehurst, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, said, "Reading is absolutely fundamental. It's almost trite to say that. But in our society, the inability to be fluent consigns children to failure in school and consigns adults to the lowest strata of job and life opportunities."

By the 1850s, before we had compulsory, government-controlled public schools, child and adult literacy rates averaged over 90 percent, making illiteracy rates less than 10 percent. By 1850, literacy rates in Massachusetts and other New England States, for both men and women, was close to 97 percent. This was before Massachusetts created the first compulsory public-school system in America in 1852. What is literacy like in our public schools today?

In 1995, a student teacher for a fifth-grade class in Minneapolis wrote the following letter to the local newspaper: ". . . I was told [that] children are not to be expected to spell the following words correctly: back, big, call, came, can, day, did, dog, down, get, good, if, in, is, it, have, he, home, like, little, man, morning, mother, my, night, off, out, over, people, play, ran, said, saw, she, some, soon, their, them, there, time, two, too, up, us, very, water, we, went, where, when, will, would, etc. Is this nuts?"

In 2002, the New York State Education Department's annual report on the latest reading and math scores for public school students found:

? 90 percent of middle schools failed to meet New York State minimum standards for math and English exam scores.

? 65 percent of elementary schools flunked the minimum standards.

? 84 percent of high schools failed to meet the minimum state standards.

? More than half of New York City's black and hispanic elementary school students failed the state's English and math exams. About 30 percent of white and asian-american students failed to achieve the minimum English test scores.

? The results for eighth grade students were even worse. Here, 75 percent of black and hispanic students flunked both the English and the math tests. About 50 percent of white and Asian-American eighth graders failed the tests. These illiteracy rates are now common in public schools across America, not just in New York City.

In short,as shown by the New York State Education Department's annual report and other studies, student illiteracy rates in many public schools range from 30 to 75 percent. This is an education horror story.

That is what illiteracy can mean, what it does mean for millions of public-school children who can barely read. Does any parent want this kind of future for his or her children? I argue in my book, "Public Schools, Public Menace" that our public school system is the primary cause of this tragic illiteracy, and one reason why these schools are a menace to our children.

A great movie to see that shows the tragic consequences of illiteracy is "Stanley and Iris" with Robert DeNiro and Jane Fonda. After you see this movie, you might think twice about keeping your children in public schools.

Joel Turtel is an education policy analyst, and author of "Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children."

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com,
Email: [email protected],
Phone: 718-447-7348.

Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel
NOTE: You may post this Article on an Ezine, newsletter, or other website only if you include Joel Turtel's complete contact information, and set up a hyperlink to Joel Turtel's email address and website URL, http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com

In The News:

Parenting with presence  soprissun.comAs usual, our favorite Mexican restaurant was packed. The parents at the table next to us didn't even flinch as their kids raced around not just their.
What Is Your Type Of Parenting? Is Your Parenting Effecting On kids?  The Hans IndiaAs a parent, for over decades as witnessed we have adopted various parenting styles all across the globe for nurturing a healthy relationship with their children.
Positive Parenting: The Power of Praise  9&10 NewsEveryone likes a little pat on the back. But new research shows praise can have an even bigger effect, with major benefits later on. Researchers looked at how ...
Parenting and work: The ultimate balancing act  Times of OmanManaging work-life balance as a parent comes with challenges, and with busy schedules for both parents and children, disruptions at the last minute can really ...
Triple P Parenting at Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin  WeAreGreenBay.comParents know that their children do not come with a manual.
The parenting problem — what value do we place on caring?  Financial TimesThree books argue how improving the way society treats parents and their children is in all our interest.
SC legislature considers 'free-range parenting' bill, would change state's child neglect laws  WIS10COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A bill gaining attention in the South Carolina Statehouse would have the potential to change the laws in the state for parents and crimes ...
Loose Women's Stacey Solomon reveals surprising parenting confession  HELLO! MagazineStacey Solomon is known for always being real and isn't afraid to open up about the bad as well as the good time. And this week, the Loose Women panellist ...
When work and parenting skills collide  Lehigh Valley BusinessFor the past few months, I have been a case study for transferable career skills. My son has been the beneficiary of those skills. He's 18, so it's been hot and cold ...
Revealed: Kim Kardashian's Best Parenting Tip We Should All Follow  The Cheat SheetNow a mom of three kids (soon to be four!), Kim Kardashian has learned a thing or two about what it truly means to be a parent.
Parenting hack: How mum tricks her daughter to take medicine  Yahoo NewsA clever mum pulls off the ultimate parenting hack to trick her toddler into taking her medicine.
'I loved being a mum to small children' - celebrity Emma Freud reveals joys and challenges of parenting  East Anglian Daily TimesShe is used to high pressure roles in television, radio and fundraising for Comic Relief.
PARENTING: Staying calm so we can be an influence  Sarasota Herald-TribuneOne of the primary roles of parenting is to influence our kids. We can't control them because every child is his or her own unique person, an individual separate ...
Rich pickings: parenting tasks I’d pay never do again  The GuardianThe dirty bits of parenting we'd use Jacob Rees-Mogg levels of wealth to protect ourselves from.
Khloe criticised for parenting approach | Entertainment  Jamaica Star OnlineKhloe Kardashian is fed up of being criticised for her approach to parenting. TheKeeping Up With The Kardashians star finds it “annoying” how she is constantly ...
The Swedish Royal Family's Online Parenting Guide Should Be Required Reading  RomperNavigating the online world can be stressful and confusing for adults — let alone children. Because let's face it: There are some highly questionable people and ...
Parenting charity NCT launches Little Bundles to support vulnerable mothers in Sussex  Littlehampton GazetteBaby and toddler essentials will be given out to vulnerable mothers as part of a new project launched by the West Sussex Coastal branch of parenting charity ...
LIVING WITH CHILDREN: Biggest parenting problem? It's hard to pick just one  YourGV.comA journalist recently asked me for the single biggest mistake being made by today's parents. I was tempted to say, “having children,” but stopped myself because ...
Parenting throughout history could be weird, and downright dangerous: author  CBC.ca"Parenting" only became a verb in the last century, a fact that becomes clear when you look back at the history of how we used to treat our children. As much of ...
Parenting in Manhattan is a Darwinian struggle  The GuardianA slew of new books treats child-raising like another branch of economics that only the fittest will survive, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes.
Stacey Solomon Admits She's 'Given Up On Parenting' This Half-Term – And We Can All Relate  HuffPost UKStacey Solomon's refreshingly honest post about “giving up” on parenting this half-term has been a hit with her parent followers on Instagram. The TV presenter ...
Khloe Kardashian annoyed by parenting critics  EWNKhloe Kardashian finds it annoying how she is constantly being challenged on social media about her parenting skills, including her choice to have her nails ...
My Teen Daughter Is Dating Her Friend Who Practically Lives With Us  SlateCare and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email [email protected] or post it in the Slate Parenting ...
Decoding social media: parenting in the digital age  WYFF4 GreenvilleAs part of WYFF News 4 Today's month-long series, Geoff Hart helps decode social media by asking an expert, "What's appropriate for my kids?"
Local business hosts meal for parenting support group  McDowell NewsA popular downtown eatery showed its support last week for a local parenting group.
ADHD: Parenting Beyond Behavior, Beliefs, and Grades  PsychCentral.comWhen we look at the whole story of children diagnosed with ADHD, we find that hindsight reveals deeper challenges that have not received attention. While the.
How to overcome parenting isolation  Sunshine Coast DailyReach out to others, says mum of terminally ill child.
Dancing in the rain: The joys and jolts of parenting  Hindustan TimesChildren grow up and become individuals, but their essence remains the same.
Seminar looks at parenting in a digital world  Winnipeg Free PressWinnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools is hosting a seminar for parenting in the digital age on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at its campus on 250 Bedson St.
Sometimes, Parenting Is Boring  The New York TimesTaking care of a young child can be the most fascinating thing in the world, but there are times, let's face it, when it is not.
Will Meghan Markle Seek Parenting Advice From Kate Middleton?  The Cheat SheetWhile Meghan Markle is preparing for the arrival of her first child with Prince Harry, Kate Middleton is now a mother of three young kids.
Gender-Free Parenting  The Good Men ProjectTeach your children that all of the virtues – compassion and bravery, love and assertiveness – have their place in the lives of successful, well-rounded people.
The Constant Gardener: Hein Koh Talks Parenting, Photoshop, and Her Sprawling Rockefeller Center Show -  ARTnewsA few weeks ago, on one of the coldest days of the year, anthropomorphic, one-eyed flowers began appearing all over Rockefeller Center in New York.
Should We Give Our Kids More Freedom? Why We Support 'Free-Range Parenting'  HuffPost UKIf your child asked if they could play out alone for the first time, what would you say? Would you encourage them, willing them to enjoy time independently?
Forget expert advice: ‘Weird’ things moms, dads do to win at parenting  WTOPLullabies not working? Try Ludacris. In “Weird Parenting Wins,” author and podcaster Hillary Frank ditches the expert advice and shares unconventional ...
WHS volunteer wins pet parenting award  Winnipeg Free PressChosen from amongst thousands of pet owners all over North America, area resident Jill Bristow, a Winnipeg Humane Society foster parent and volunteer, ...
Pregnancy and Parenting Expo comes to Limerick City for the first time  I Love LimerickThe Limerick Strand Hotel will be buzzing come March 24 when the very first Pregnancy and Parenting Expo takes place. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm.
Bringing Up Bebe Review: Why French Parenting Helps Kids Eat Normal Foods, Behave Themselves, And Sleep All Night  FatherlyAll the advice, tips, techniques from Pamela Druckerman's bestseller about raising kids in France, 'Bringing Up Bebe,' in 1000 words.
Healthy pizza recipes you can whip up for your child  The Indian ExpressTry these healthy and easy pizza recipes at home and enjoy eating it with your child and other family members.
SC lawmakers consider "Free Range Parenting bill"  WCBD News 2Mount Pleasant, SC (WCBD) - In South Carolina, Lawmakers are looking at a “Free Range Parenting Bill”. The legislation would change the current state laws ...
Parenting series offered by Roaring Fork Schools  Glenwood Springs Post IndependentRoaring Fork Schools are planning to offer a free family education event in each community this spring on the topic of “positive parenting solutions and essential ...
Making parenting a little easier  The Herald ArgusMICHIGAN CITY — “We believe that parenting is not an easy job. Many parents have questions on what to expect and that's what we are here for.”
Being Baba: Protect your baby from the monsters out there  The Indian ExpressBy Mihir Joshi. Advertising. “Close your eyes Have no fear The monster's gone He's on the run and your daddy's here. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Beautiful boy ...
A Day in the Vegan Life of 'Bones' Star Emily Deschanel  LIVEKINDLY"Bones" star Emily Deschanel shares vegan parenting tips, what a day in the life of a vegan celebrity is like, and her transition to a plant-based diet.
Parenting tips: How to ensure your child is not bullied  Times NowAccording to a study conducted recently, it was found that children with multiple siblings are at a higher risk of being bullied in comparison to children with only ...
Parents put ‘intensive parenting’ on a pedestal. Experts say there’s a better approach.  The Washington PostParents are holding themselves to sky-high standards, child development and parenting experts say. But those experts also agree that an all-or-nothing, extreme ...
Kate Middleton Made This Surprisingly Relatable Parenting Confession  The Cheat SheetKate Middleton shared a parenting confession during the recent Mental Health in Education conference.
Helicopter parenting: Parents found to be stalking, bullying teachers  NEWS.com.auApril Lee* has been teaching year 1 for more than a decade and has experienced her fair share of difficult parents. But last year, one parent bullied the ...
Do not wash your kid's head with boiling water | Parenting Tips  ABP LiveSpiritual Guru Pawan Sinha everyday gives you a tip which is helpful for your parenting. Today in this section he tells you that you should never use boiling ...
Stacey Solomon ‘gives up’ on parenting as she shares picture of sons  OK! magazineStacey Solomon joked that she has "given up" on parenting her two sons, Zachary, 10, and Leighton, six, as she shared a picture from inside their living room.
Whitman: Seventh Mom Project helps mothers share parenting-related struggles  Tampa Bay TimesI positioned earphones on my swollen belly, blasted Alison Krauss and prayed the boy in my womb couldn't hear me cry. I begged God to make the anxiety stop.
Homecoming: Parenting against the past  Mountain DemocratAt times it's easy to forget there are 10 years between our daughter and youngest son, especially when our daughter was younger and the two of them had ...
20 Best Parenting Quotes - Funniest Quotes About Parenting  WomansDay.comFrom funny to relatable to inspirational, here are the best parenting quotes that show exactly what life with kids is really like.
Positive Parenting: Moms who sleep better, parent better  WQAD MolineSleep: it's good for your body, your mind and new research shows it might also improve your parenting skills. Researchers looked at 234 mothers who were ...
Parenting program 'like magic' for dads  Forbes AdvocateCentacare is running free workshops for dads in Forbes.
Problems with today’s parenting  NEWS.com.auPARENTING has never been more stressful, with mums and dads moving cities even countries for jobs, leaving behind the backup of family and friends, experts ...
NRL Player vs. Parents: Is parenting harder than sport?  Now To LoveIn a new experiment, NRL star Kalyn Ponga proves Aussie parents work harder in a day than a professional rugby league athlete does during a match.
Russell Brand's 'inept' parenting is unacceptable and not at all cute  USA TODAYThe "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star said he feels "inept" when parenting. All parents do. But they also learn basic childcare skills. So should he.
St. Luke's Jerome offers parenting classes  KMVTThe program titled 'Love, Limits and Latitude' is an evidence-based plan for parenting. The mental health therapist who oversees the classes in Jerome, says its ...
5 clever hacks to make parenting easier  Malay MailPETALING JAYA, Jan 25 — Whether baby number two is on the way or you have three kids learning to cope with teenagehood, managing a growing brood can ...
What free-range parenting is and how it could change the way SC children are supervised  WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SCA bill in the South Carolina senate would clarify state law saying that parents who let their kids go off on their own are not neglectful.
Kate Hudson’s ‘Genderless’ Approach to Parenting: ‘You Just Raise Your Kids Individually’  Us WeeklyKate Hudson said she has a 'genderless' approach to parenting her two sons and her new daughter, Rani Rose — find out more!
'12 years after we married, I finally began to trust my husband'  9HoneyTwelve years into her marriage, Dilvin Yasa began sharing parenting duties with her husband and trusting him.
Katie Price sparks fierce parenting debate after uploading THIS controversial video of daughter Princess  CelebsNowKatie Price has been defended by fans after a recent video of her daughter Princess has sparked a HUGE parenting debate online.
Travis Scott's Parenting Approach With Stormi Shows He'll Always Put Her First — VIDEO  BustleStormi Webster is totally daddy's little girl. And nothing makes that more evident than a recent report from Us Weekly about Travis Scott's relationship with baby ...
Prince Harry reading military parenting book to prepare for Baby Sussex  New IdeaPrince Harry has reportedly taken to reading military-style parenting books to help him prepare for the imminent arrival of his first child with wife Meghan Markle.
Kamal Sidhu: I have a life beyond my son  The Indian ExpressTV show host Kamal Sidhu believes in savouring the joys of being a hands-on mom. Having become a mom at 39, she says, "You can't do what you did in your ...
Mombie, ginwag, threenager, niplash: How many of these modern parenting terms do you use?  Nottinghamshire LiveThese are the top 20 new phrases used by mums and dads.
I love my child but I don’t love parenting. Will this change?  The Washington PostQ: I love my child. She is magic. But I don't love parenting. I just don't love this phase — she's 3½ , and, man, is it relentless. I miss the space to be still and alone, ...
Open Letter to Faculty of Color Parenting While On The Tenure-Track  Diverse: Issues in Higher EducationWe are compelled to write this open letter to our fellow faculty of color colleagues who are navigating tenure-track while raising little humans. As graduate st.
South Korean mums parent at resorts – while the kids learn English  South China Morning PostOverseas programmes combining leisure time for mothers and studying English for children are big business especially since there is growing demand for ...
Vauxhall embraces messy reality of parenting in Crossland X campaign  The DrumVauxhall has launched a new campaign poking fun at luxury SUV owners who are so proud of their fancy motors they won't let their kids drag dirt in.
A Parenting and Life Skills Intervention for Teen Mothers: A Randomized Controlled Trial  AAP NewsBACKGROUND: Teen mothers often present with depression, social complexity, and inadequate parenting skills. Many have rapid repeat pregnancy, which ...
Prince William opens up about the ‘fear’ of having a baby  The Indian ExpressPrince Williams may come across as a doting dad to his children today, but like most fathers, he too had to overcome his apprehensions on welcoming a baby.
The Making Babies Trailer Gives You Permission to Laugh at How Hard It Can Be to Get Pregnant  POPSUGAR AustraliaThe path toward pregnancy is different for everyone. For some couples, it's as simple as having sex and unknowingly fertilising an egg. For others, it can feel.
Positive Parenting: How 'Sesame Street's' Julia is Helping Parents & Kids  9&10 NewsAutism is a condition that can cause developmental delays, trouble with communication and repetitive behavior. In 2017, one of America's most enduring ...
The exhaustion that comes with parenting is crippling at times, writes Jane Lundon  RSVP Live"The doctor explained that the first thing she prescribes working mothers is a cleaner"
The Evolving Social Context of Parenting  The Epoch TimesProcreation has been one of the few constants throughout history. Indeed, it is the sine qua non of human existence—no procreation, no human race.
Hillary Frank on how to embrace your unique parenting style—and find your mom wins  Motherly Inc.We all have days where we feel like we've lost a parenting battle, but hopefully we have more days that could be described as parenting wins—the days when ...
Cornell Researcher Finds Intensive Parenting Style Popular Across Socioeconomic Groups  Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunAccording to Cornell researcher Patrick Ishizuka, intensive parenting has become a dominant parenting style across socioeconomic groups.
The argument for playing video games with our kids  CNNExperiencing the online world together is just as important as the real one, with practical and emotional benefits.
Montessori parenting workshops start March  Chaffee County TimesThe cost of the full six sessions is $200 for an individual or couple. Childcare will be available for children 2 or older for a reasonable price, McFarland said. The.
Cleveland support group helps guide fathers through parenting  News 5 ClevelandCLEVELAND — Doulas are typically women who guide expecting mothers through pregnancy and childcare following birth, but the organization Dude'las wants ...
Prince William Gives New Dads Advice on Parenting ‘Fragile’ Infants: ‘It’s Very Daunting’  Us WeeklyPrince William shared parenting advice for new dads raising 'fragile' infants at a charity event on Thursday, February 14 — details.
Rural Parenting: Just give me the darn book  The Daily News OnlineIn the last month, I have been to the Virgin Islands, France, and now the state of Washington. I have hung out with magazine editors, famous arborists, ...
Beau Ryan opens up about parenting - 'It's my daughter and I versus the world'  Now To LoveBeau Ryan is a former rugby league player, radio personality and a television show host, but his greatest role to date? Being a father of two - and he's getting ...
A Parenting Intervention to Improve Positive Life Skills in Teen  AAP NewsWe are familiar with the risk factors that can put the infant of a teenage mother at risk, including adverse social determinants of health or simply lacking parenting ...
Economist Fabrizio Zilibotti on how economics shapes parenting  Yale NewsWith an international eye, Zilibotti and co-author Matthias Doepke explore how economics influence family dynamics in their new book, “Love, Money ...
PARENTING: How to really eat the elephant this year  Sarasota Herald-TribuneYou have probably heard the saying that you eat an elephant one bite at a time. It's an encouragement to break big goals down into small, doable steps.
LIVING WITH CHILDREN: Parenting or child-rearing? The difference is like night and day  GoDanRiver.comThere is “parenting” and then there is bringing up, rearing or raising children.
Creating Effective Parenting Plans  Mediate.comThis article discusses working with your children's developmental needs when creating a parenting plan.
Em Rusciano calls out husband on Instagram for making parenting 'joke'  9HoneyEm Rusciano is not impressed with her husband, Scott Barrow, after he made a joke about her parenting durin...

Children Need Roots and Wings

"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings." --Jonas SalkThe... Read More

How to Get a Good Diagnosis to See If Your Child Has ADHD

Your child's teacher says that you need to find out... Read More

Selecting A Quality Day Care Center

Many working families choose a commercial or individual day care... Read More

How To Teach Your Children Courage

Courage means doing the right thing when it is hard,... Read More

Ultimate Airplane Themed Games & Activities for your Childs Birthday Party

Are you looking for the Ultimate Airplane Themed Party Games... Read More

Pieces of Time and Pivotal Moments

Life is comprised of pieces of time sprinkled with pivotal... Read More

Public Schools Can Waste 12 Years of Your Child?s Life

For over fifty years, public-school officials and politicians have tried... Read More

Bad Company

Here we will come to know who are the most... Read More

How to Foster a Love of Reading and Writing in Your Child

The key to lifelong learning is reading and writing. When... Read More

Lifebooks: Every Adopted Child Needs One

Information is gold when you are adopted. Every tiny piece... Read More

End Homework Battles

Ask parents what their biggest school year challenge is, and... Read More

Life Stuck In Fast Forward

the woes of being a parent of an ADHD child.....Like... Read More

The Three Best Alternative Treatments for ADHD

There are a LOT of alternative treatments for sale out... Read More

Plane Trip with Kids

Though you can cover even very long distances by car... Read More

Paediatric Osteopathy

All babies cry, but if yours cries a lot, isn't... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: How to Say NO!

Q: Whenever we tell my daughter "no," she just bugs... Read More

How Much Water are You Wasting?

Are you being smart about water conservation? Do you consider... Read More

How Is Peaceful Parenting® Different?

Peaceful Parenting® ideas are very different from other kinds of... Read More

When Your Chicks Leave the Nest

When my son was 18 (and had finished school), he... Read More

How to Help Your Children to Blossom

I am writing this from the beautiful mountains of Western... Read More

The Real Problem With Todays Teenagers (And Why Most Parents Just Dont Get It!)

An address given by Rev. David B. Smith... Read More

Be Serious With Your Child Future

As a parent your biggest responsibility is to prepare your... Read More

The Parent Teen Relationship: How Effective is Yours?

It was the homework that did it. Each night became... Read More

Teaching Your Child Safety

Q. What is the best way to teach safety awareness... Read More

A Chart for Everything

For every season, check, check, check, There is a chart,... Read More