A love of books and literature is probably one of the single most important things we can pass on to our children to help ensure their success in life. 70% of people in the shallow end of the literacy pool do not have a job or work only part time.
Having such a devastating economic strike against you is bad enough, but even worse in my mind, is not having the joy that comes from being able to learn and experience through the written word.
The statistics tell the story well:
50% of the unemployed are illiterate
13% of all 17 year olds are illiterate
44% of minority youth are illiterate
Children who do not read by the 3rd grade are more likely to:
-Drop out of school
-Go to prison
-The top 2% of student read 65 minutes a day
-The top 10% read 20 minutes a day
-The bottom 10% read 1/10th of a minute per day
Music can be a powerful tool to get children excited about reading. I know for example, that during my high school, heavy metal phase, I was inspired to read "Rime of the AncientRead More »from Songs Inspired By Literature