The Cabarrus Literacy Council engages adults in Literacy activities because:
Adult men and women in the United States who have fewer than twelve years of education have life expectancies not much better than those of all adults in the 1950s and 1960s, while their highly educated counterparts have experienced a dramatic increase in life expectancy.
8.1 million adults dropped out of school before 8th grade, making GED attainment more difficult.
Since 1983, more than 10 million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. In the same period, more than 6 million Americans dropped out of high school altogether.
Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.
High school dropouts from the class of 2006-07 will cost the United States $329 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes.
Children of parents who had not completed high school scored lower in vocabulary assessments
than children of parents with a high school degree or equivalent.
Information taken from: www.proliteracy.org