In a time when fewer Americans read than ever, Bush has eliminated funding for RIF (Reading is Fundamental) from the 2009 budget. This site has a form for contacting your congressperson and telling them to put it back.
Why is this post tagged â€œanti-scienceâ€? From the National Institute for Literacy:
By age 17, only about 1 in 17 seventeen year olds can read and gain information from specialized text, for example the science section in the local newspaper. This includes:
- 1 in 12 White 17 year olds,
- 1 in 50 Latino 17 year olds, and
- 1 in 100 African American 17 year olds.
Research ties early reading to success later in life as a reader.[Cross posted at the Bug Blog. Waggle of the Antennae to Shakesville for the tip.]