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A free society wants their citizenry to be literate and contributing. While an authoritarian government needs just the opposite to survive. Literacy is the key opening many doors. In America we cannot rest until every man, woman, and child who are able to do so can both read and write.
According to a study conducted in late April of 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. cannot read. That's 14 percent of the population. Twenty-one percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can't read. This is unacceptable.
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First Lady Barbara Bush said 25 years ago, "The American dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed."
Barbara Bush’s words were followed by action. Shortly after she spoke those words she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
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While first lady, she started the nonprofit with a goal to empower families through literacy. Driven by her passion for reading, she set out to raise awareness about the importance of family literacy. In other words, giving children and their parents the opportunity to learn —and achieve together.
Mrs. Bush said that if more people could read or write," we could be much closer to solving so many other problems that our country faces." She recognized that providing access to literacy programs was essential to helping parents and children have an equal chance at success. Her work has helped to improve the lives of many families across the nation, while contonuing to inspire the next generation of learners.
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At the Barbara Bush Foundation, they believe all children deserve an equal opportunity...
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