There are many ideas not worth promoting; however, there is just as many worth promoting. One of these ideas that is worth promoting is literacy.
- Low literacy affects more people that you think. About 22 percent of American adults have minimal literacy skills, which prevents them from effectively communicating. (National Center for Educational Statistics)
- Low literacy is correlated with chronic unemployment. 50 percent of the chronically unemployed are not functionally literate, which prevents them from maintaining jobs. (Ohio Literary Resource Center)
- Low literacy is correlated with imprisonment. 65 percent of prison inmates (or one million Americans) have low literacy. (Literacy Partners)
- Low literacy is correlated with poverty. 43 percent of Americans with low literacy are impoverished, lacking basic reading and writing skills to help them overcome their situations. (Literacy Partners)
- Low literacy affects the American economy. Experts estimate that low literacy costs the American economy $225 billion a year in lost productivity. Improved workplace literacy can increase employees’ efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity on the job. (Reach Higher, America)
Being able to read and write, in other words, being literate, will affect you paycheck. Yes, good grammar will get you promoted.
So this next school year, pay attention to your English teachers—they want you to earn a higher paycheck in the future!