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Illiteracy

For These Are All Our Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

It All Comes Back to the Reading Gap

Patrick Corvington | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

President Obama shared a statistic that took my breath away: 86 percent of African American boys can't read proficiently in fourth grade, compared to 58 percent of white peers.

Faith Healers Can Be Con Artists in Disguise

Mariam Khan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

If, and only if, education becomes common for all and not only restricted for the middle and upper strata of the society can this hideous ill of fake faith healers, who simply fool the people by playing with their psyche, be eradicated.

Fighting Illiteracy and Digital Exclusion: Five Proven Solutions

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.

Read Aloud. Change the World.

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Children who grow up as readers become engaged citizens of the global world, and every child deserves that right to read.

Functional Literacy for All

Walter Dean Myers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Walter Dean Myers

Let's teach caretakers and young parents how to read and interact linguistically with babies and toddlers. Let's carefully explain to grandmothers and uncles that they have a gift to give to their children -- the gift of functional literacy!

7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST. Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especial...

Diwali Does Not End When the Lights Go Out

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 12.30.2013 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

We may not all agree on the precise paths for the goal of overcoming poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence. But even consensus about these as shared goals of our common life and as essential to the meaning of being Hindu is a grand step.

Spreading the Love of Reading Beyond School Walls

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Too many children around the world are at risk of never learning to read or read well, whether they attend school or not. Practice outside the classroom is the key to learning to read, especially among girls, children living in poverty and those with few books or readers at home.

She-lanthropy: Heather Reisman and Her Commitment to Improving Children's Literacy One School at a Time

Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Farah Mohamed

If anyone is interested in how to align business interests with philanthropic endeavors, you should take a page out of Heather Reisman's book (well, not literally, given the business she is in!).

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

The New Illiteracy -- Obfuscation -- Hinders Progress

Richard Steiner | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Steiner

Much has been discussed, rightfully so, about the global problem of illiteracy -- the inability to read and write. But recently, a new and perhaps mo...

LOL: Grading College Essays With a Computer Program?

Khanh Ho | Posted 06.06.2013 | College
Khanh Ho

The debates are all about drawing a line in the sand: a line of culture and merit and standards. This is all well and good until you realize that this line is constantly being redrawn, rubbed out, revisited.

Illiterate? Read This!

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Carine Fabius

Can a lack of basic reading skills make you sick? I would not have readily made that connection but the answer is yes. According to the NNLM, a U.S. government agency.

Why Education Must Come First: Global Education and Skills Forum

Vikas Pota | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

The overwhelming evidence points to the inability or motivation of governments to challenge the status quo. Are NGO's able to leverage their expertise? And is there a role for the private sector?

World Read Aloud Day: Building a Worldwide Literacy Community

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

When you read aloud today, you are standing up for every person's fundamental right to read. And while today many thousands of people join us in this advocacy, the change we create will happen because we are linking our voices together with many small moments.

The Global Search For Education - Give Them Access, They Will Come

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Children will always learn to do what they want to learn to do. So, I'm going to bet on self-motivated, curious, creative little children. Give them access and they will come!

Share the Gift of Story on World Read Aloud Day

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Reading aloud delivers a deep comfort for a child. In stories, they find a safe place to return to, and tools to navigate life. Books provide a risk-free environment to grapple with the world's big questions.

Our Illiterate Children: Does Education Technology Put More Responsibility on Parents?

Andrew Cherwenka | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Andrew Cherwenka

Education technology company Ooka Island is targeting parents and communities, not just teachers, in its quest to eradicate illiteracy. Is it a great example of technology's potential or a reflection of a broken school system?

Literacy By Third-Grade A Renewed Priority For Many States

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Flunked, retained, held back. Whatever you call it, increasing numbers of states are not promoting students who are struggling to...

Let's Do the Right Thing for Our Children

Mark Shriver | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Shriver

Save the Children has not been involved in the gun control issue in the past -- our work has focused on providing education, health and emergency relief services to children and families living in poverty in the United States and around the world -- but in the aftermath of Newtown, we are taking action.

A New Year's Resolution to Benefit the World: Education for Women

Cherie Blair | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Cherie Blair

In the holiday spirit of peace on Earth and good will toward men, I would argue that more good will toward women, notably in terms of education, would contribute to more peace on Earth.

The Gift of Reading and Writing

Carlos Caban | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Carlos Caban

Learning to read has changed my life. Now, it's easier to get around the city. You give me an address and I know how to get there. I don't have to worry about asking someone. I can pick up my Bible now and read it, or my newspaper. I might get stuck, but I can do it.

Defeating Poverty: The View From Detroit

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 11.04.2012 | Detroit
Rep. Hansen Clarke

2012-08-27-scblog.pngWe must address the root causes of this crisis. This means dismantling the hidden barriers -- including illiteracy and discrimination -- that keep millions in poverty and without hope.

Jason Linkins

Todd Akin's Pals Got Some Junk Science For You: HuffPost List

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics

It goes without saying that when Americans consider the history of this young nation, one area in which we take special pride is the way we've bee...