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John Corcoran on Adult Literacy

From the San Diego Union Tribune:


“My task, which I am trying to achieve by the power of the written word is to make you hear, to make you feel … to make you see.” Joseph Conrad, “Lord Jim”

The number of adults reading at an elementary-grade level has grown beyond the 50 percent level in the United States and continues to grow.

The ability to maximize our greatest potential as residents is founded upon each individual possessing basic literacy skills (the fundamentals of learning and communication). Yet we are ignoring the fact that 90 million adults living in America are challenged when reading the business language of the world: English. We can no longer accept the status quo that exists today in too many of our schools. More than 30 percent of our students drop out of school, and if you are African-American, it’s 50 percent, and if you’re Hispanic, it’s 54 percent.

Voices and Faces: Literacy in San Diego

John Corcoran, author of The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read, is one of the featured learners in the San Diego Council on Literacy’s film “Voices and Faces: Literacy in San Diego.” The film premiered February 28, 2013 at The University of San Diego.

A video of John speaking about the book is featured below.

For more information on John and The John Corcoran Literacy Foundation, please visit: http://www.johncorcoranfoundation.org/

Follow John on Twitter @JohnCorcoranFDN