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A Fifth of American Adults Struggle to Read. Why Are We Failing to Teach Them?

The investigative journalists at ProPublica wrote this powerful article outlining our country's approach to adult education, claiming that the U.S. "has so far neglected to connect the millions of people struggling to read with the programs set up to help them."

It is a lengthy article, tracing adult education back to its roots in President Johnson's War on Poverty, and worth the read. The article ends with optimism for a program showing promise in Detroit, and respects the struggles of adult students and adult literacy programs throughout. This piece lifts up the important role of community-based organizations and effective volunteer tutors, something Literacy New York believes in and supports wholeheartedly. We appreciate the spotlight ProPublica is shining on adult literacy.