One day in my college English 101 class, my teacher asked the room how many people had read at least nine books for fun that year. Merely three out of 30 raised their hands — myself and two others. My instructor, who had a Ph.D. in English from Cambridge University, said it was no coincidence that we were the only people who were making an A in the class.
How well and how much you read is highly correlated with how successful you’ll be not only in your education but in life. Case in point, in UNA’s headquarters of Kansas City Missouri, only 55 percent of KC school children are proficient in reading by the 3rd grade. Research shows:
“Kids who go to many Kansas City-area schools are almost as likely to drop out of high school as they are to graduate… When kids drop out, they’re more likely to earn less money, wind up on welfare, get divorced, become criminals and even die early, according to research3. With a future like that, why would anyone drop out of school? One of many reasons is that some kids can’t read.”