Adult illiteracy

Problem Components
Policy issue area: Society
Policy issue: Education
Description: 10 million Americans are defined as illiterate; a much larger number as functionally illiterate.
Symptoms: Inability to read, write, or perform simple arithmetical problems well enough to function normally in society.
Causes: Poor teaching of basics in elementary and high schools; immigration; bi- lingualism; high drop-out rate among minorities.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Local volunteer organizations; other associations and volunteer groups; educational organizations; business and industry.
Goal: Reduce adult illiteracy and functional illiteracy by 10% per year.
Program area: Human resources development
Program-remedy: National "Initiative on Adult Illiteracy," to involve Federal and state/local government cooperation, relying extensively on volunteer resources.
Program-prevent: Improved teaching of basics in elementary and high schools.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Non-literate adults; business and industry.

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