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Sharnesha Brentley
Online Discussion 11/4
Fri Nov 4, 2011 10:49am

I have a great aunt that is a social worker; her department mainly works with young children ages 0 months to 6 years old. She works at the North Carolina Division of social services in Charlotte, North Carolina. I had a chance to talk to her about two weeks ago and just like any of my family members she praised me for graduating from high school and furthering my education. However, we got on the topic of how fortunate I was because I have had the ability to learn all my life and in some younger people like myself or even older can’t or barely can read. I just started Monday looking up illiteracy in America and article after article I was amazed at the millions on people in America that can’t read or write. I decided to write my argument paper on illiteracy in America. First, I plan to inform my reader about the ridiculously high illiteracy rates in the Americas versus other countries. I argue that the American government spends money on some unnecessary things when money should be spent on educating its people. America is supposed to be the “promise land” and one of the smartest countries but yet it has fallen victim to illiteracy. One of my main points will be that people need to be aware of illiteracy and its consequences; it is nothing to be over looked. After awareness, I will stress that the government should increase funding in educational programs. Next, I will explain getting to the root of the problem. A plant starts to grow from the roots then up and in this illiteracy epidemic it is similar to a growing flower. When most children are young, they’re learning to talk, read and right. If there is proper education for the younger children throughout America then there’s the solution to the problem. It is very important for children to learn how to read and write because it is a primary necessity in world. I will also discuss law and policies that were created to lower the illiteracy rate but after all aren’t so helpful.

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