Education: First Two Rs

"We are a nation of sixth-grade reading skill. It requires at least seventh-grade reading skill to read newspapers other than the tabloids. ... A recent report of the American Association for Adult Education states that there are 16,000,000 illiterates in the United States—they cannot read beyond the fourth-grade level. . . . Reading failure is a national problem."

So Stella S. Center of New York Uni versity last week told the National Council of Teachers of English meeting in Atlanta. Her complaint was not news to them. They had heard things very like it from parents and most of them knew it...

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