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  • 1. Illiteracy in Society Tom Jones
  • 2. Attributes of being illiterate
    • Not able to read or write
    • Having or demonstrating very little or no education
    • Children who are not given a chance in school
    • Children who are overlooked by the system
    • Children with no source of encouragement
  • 3.
    • "I believe that illiteracy in America is a form of child neglect and child abuse and the child is blamed and they carry the shame, if we just teach our people how to read we'd give them a fair chance."
    • ~John Corcoran
  • 4. John Corcoran
    • Placed in what Brother Abdon's calls the "dumb row," the images of his tribulations in the classroom are still vividly clear.
    • Corcoran eventually started acting up to hide his illiteracy.
    • He learned to play the game of Basketball, and used athletic ability to override his inability to read.
  • 5. John Corcoran
    • Graduated from College with a degree in Education and Business.
    • Taught High School History for 17 years
    • Confesses to being Illiterate at age 48 !
    • Corcoran has written two books
    • The John Corcoran Foundation
  • 6. Statistics
    • The Literacy Rate Of The United States Is About 99%. Meaning about 30,000 people are Illiterate.
    • 77% of Florida's 4 th graders are still are reading below proficiency
    • Current Hillsborough Country drop out rate 2.1%
  • 7. 5 plans of action
    • Hang flyers throughout the campus to alert students how to donate books just by clicking at
    • Raise awareness during the National Literacy Action Week (NLAW)
    • Start a Student Coalition for Action in Student Education (SCALE) on campus
  • 8. 5 plans of action
    • 4. Attend a local chapter event to raise awareness and funds for “Room to Read”
    • 5. Host or participate in a Book Drive