Author: Kayla King

The Literacy Crisis in the United States

There is a serious problem with America’s abysmal literacy rates. Yes, literacy in children and adolescents in America is stagnant, but there is a bigger issue:  functionally illiterate adults. Defining The Problem There is a difference between functional literacy and normal literacy. The type of illiteracy that you’d expect to hear about in places without access to education is “normal literacy.” This refers to “the ability to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts to participate in society, achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential.” That is not the same as functional literacy. Functional illiteracy is defined...

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STEM and the Devolution of the Humanities

The decline in the study of the humanities continues to be a problem, specifically in American higher education. According to Willard Dix, “…to prioritize departments that pay over those that may be elemental (English, history, philosophy, for example) but not ‘profitable,’ is wrongheaded in the long run.” The Trouble with STEM Schools certainly should keep their programs updated to fit the times. STEM fields–science, technology, engineering, and mathematics–are incredibly valuable in order to have a better understanding of humanity. They help society find ways to adapt and improve. Moreover, these fields have become accessible to everyone, not just men working towards their vocation....

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