Where does the United States rank?
In humankind’s attempt to advance communication and document his/ her world, Cuneiform writing was created by making impressions in clay. It was first used around 3400 BCE in ancient Mesopotamia by the Sumerians and others.
Today, although rates are measured differently from one country to the next, the United States ranks 125th (as of 2020) of 197 countries at 86% in literacy. There seems to be no debate that it is a crisis. We can do better.
These statistics are heartbreaking, especially when I remember how much my own son enjoyed reading as a child. It is still a big part of his life today and he has passed his interest and ability in reading onto his own children. ~Dani Lynn, Author
Health. Gender equality. Poverty. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives. ~ProLiteracy.org
Longstanding cultural traditions, political upheaval, and scarce resources deny some children—often girls—the chance to learn. As they grow up and become adults, they may struggle to earn a living and feed their families. They may also be abused, exploited, or deprived of even the most basic human rights. ~ProLiteracy.org