The US ranks 16th in literacy. 70% of adult inmates are illiterate and 85% of juvenile offenders are illiterate. Education reduces recidivism by 13%, saving us $5 for every $1 we spend. So teach the folks how to read!! Can I get an
Teach them to read in prison, you have a captive audience and after explaining your position they should be excited, enthusiastic learners!
We do teach kids to read, in a place called school.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him or her learn how to read if they don't want too or if they don't have parental support or even that something inside them that says being able to read well might be helpful in the future.
By the way there's plenty of stuff on YouTube about what's going on in schools that in some cases makes learning impossible or a joke.
Really want to vomit? detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/05/04/report-nearly-half-of-detroiters-cant-read/
Is this a reflection of the school system or culture?
Might this be a case of "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink." ?
But first have to overcome apathy, stir interest... teach benefits of reading...then...teach how...
I used two sources in this poll. Here is the other one. www.prisonpolicy.org/research/education/