How to Fix the Literacy Crisis in America
America’s Literacy Crisis
The biggest challenge with addressing literacy in the US is that it doesn’t affect you or me directly. Most folks who read this blog went to college. Most have LinkedIn accounts. Most are employed, with both parents working great jobs. You probably don’t know too many people that didn’t go to college. That get food stamps. That make less than $30k a year. Still, it’s on us. We must fix the literacy crisis in America.
The challenge is real. The bottom 10th percentile of our country is WORSE at reading now than they were 10 years ago. 20% of 15 years olds can’t read like a 10 year old should.
As I said in my post, we need to fix it, and once again we are seeing that the current strategies, policies, tools and technologies don’t work. Not nearly well enough. Not in the communities that need the most support.
How to Fix Reading? Innovation.
In six weeks, my company will be releasing our first product, based on a new system of literacy education. Our mission is to move the needle exactly where the country needs it the most, building a sustainable business that measures success in our impact. We believe that what it takes more than anything is the courage to try something new.
There are two sides to science. On one side, you need to carefully look at data and make decisions based on what is proven to work. That’s the easy part. The hard part is discovering something new. That is Galileo under house arrest territory. It takes the breaking of barriers, the breaking of assumptions, and the changing of minds. And yes, results. Early results. Which we have.
Early Results of Our Reading System
Still in it’s rawest form, our system has already shown the ability to take a child performing at the 25th percentile of a 1st Grade reader in the fall and catapult them into the 50th percentile of a 1st Grade reader in the spring, in 6 weeks, with just a handful of hours of dedicated instruction.
Change is Coming Soon
I’m really grateful to all of you who have been so instrumental in getting me and this business to the place we are in such a short time. Mom, thanks. You funded my record business and my fitness company, two priceless experiences. You clock in every day now on this one too. Rebecca, who has helped keep me focused on the mission, while crafting a gorgeous, insightful marketing campaign. Logan for adopting me into her office. And of course to Amy, my muse, my love, and best friend.
Here we go.