Reading is probably the most important skill taught in our schools, the key to gaining new knowledge for both personal as well as societal growth. As we enter the 21st century an increasingly high premium is placed on the broad acquisition of literacy skills among all citizens in post-industrial societies. People who do not acquire an acceptable level of reading skill are in great trouble. Semi-literate individuals are greatly over-represented among the long-term unemployed and among prison inmates. If they have a job they have incomes far below the average level, and they do not actively participate in the democratic process.
KeywordsReading Skill Reading Disability Phoneme Awareness Reading Problem Reading Acquisition
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