Adult Literacy Is A Real Problem. How Do We Fix It?
Literacy. It's something many of us take for granted. The ability to read health forms, headlines, or the latest bestsellers. Yet, across the U.S., there are millions of adults who have difficulty reading.
This hour, we find out why. We talk with literacy experts and advocates, and we also hear from you.
- Komi Agbenohevi - Literacy student and Hartford, Connecticut resident
- Carol “CJ” Hauss - Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, a Connecticut-based nonprofit (@CarolHauss)
- Kevin Morgan - President and CEO of ProLiteracy, an international nonprofit based in Syracuse, New York (@ProLiteracyceo)
- Dr. Shlomy Kattan - Executive Director of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE (@xprize)
Fast Company: How we can encourage innovative solutions to poverty and inequality - "'Most XPrize competitions presuppose that demand is there and that the problem is supply, and we need to change the technology available for addressing that particular problem,' says Kattan. Currently, his organization is offering a prize for developing the mobile app that results in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners over a 12-month period."
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.