The Other America is still out there and needs our undivided attention

I am, for the first time in my life, in South Dakota, traveling by car from the East Coast to the West Coast. I borrowed a book on tape for the trip: “The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America.” I’ve just come through Indiana, where RFK entered, and won –Continue reading “The Other America is still out there and needs our undivided attention”

Getting back to reading basics to rebuild a prosperous society

We have all heard “give a person a fish and you feed them for a day… teach them to fish and you feed them for life.” I say, “first you need to feed a person, so they have the strength and the dignity to learn how to fish… next, you need to teach them toContinue reading “Getting back to reading basics to rebuild a prosperous society”

Dream things that never were and say why not

I was recently asked if the Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project was a person, who would it be? I choose Robert Kennedy whose inspiration is a driving force for generations to come. It is a humanitarian choice about what he symbolizes as a person, not a partisan or politician, as so eloquently voiced by hisContinue reading “Dream things that never were and say why not”

Why Johnny's mom and dad can't read

More than 85 million adults in the U.S. have low or very low literacy skills. These adults were once children who did not get the chance to learn how to read. In schools today, 1 in 3 children overall lack basic reading skills, with 2 in 3 falling short of reading proficiency. The disparity betweenContinue reading “Why Johnny's mom and dad can't read”

A child hungry to read is a child lost

“I wanna go to school so bad. I wanna read,” Ivan said excitedly on the first day of school. ABC News: Waiting on the World to Change View this compelling ABC News story on poverty in America: Waiting on the World to Change Ivan Prays for a Superman to Find Him a Home. In aContinue reading “A child hungry to read is a child lost”