Save Michigan from the illiteracy crisis before it is too late.

Save Michigan from the illiteracy crisis before it is too late.

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Maddison Godi started this petition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and

Nearly 50% of 3rd graders in Michigan are considered partially proficient or not proficient readers. Those who are illiterate have a difficult time finding work which adds to the unemployment rate. So, why are we allowing illiteracy to be so common in a first world country? 

Illiteracy has become a nationwide crisis in Michigan. Children are not learning how to read as effectively as they should be. There was a long-term study done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation which found, “students who were not proficient in reading by the end of third grade were four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers,” (Weyer). This was supported by the fact that 88% of students who failed to graduate were not proficient readers in third grade.

Instead of looking into adding a new budget or implementing new teaching styles, we should bring our classes back to the basics. Remove technology so students are not distracted and have teachers teach.

Illiteracy should not be plaguing schools throughout Michigan. Addressing illiteracy was the first step, now it is time to remove distractions and allow students to use their own minds instead of relying on an inanimate object to instruct them. This is a cost-effective and reliable way to turn Michigan education around.

 

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