Former Teacher Combats Illiteracy with New Exposé

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New book by Norma Simpson Wilt exposes waste, other issues in school systems

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To be taught effectively, children should be grouped by readiness rather than age.

Two in every three students who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare, reports

They state that one child in four grows up not knowing how to read.

Former Teacher Norma Simpson Wilt is setting out to fight that illiteracy by starting with the nation’s school systems with her new book, ‘The System Redesigned: This Time for Children (and Taxpayers)’.

“Our country is at stake because we create barriers for our children by placing them on certain academic levels before they are ready,” says Wilt. “To be taught effectively, children should be grouped by readiness rather than age.”

Her exposé focuses on the inner workings of the school system and certain individuals within it who do not necessarily have the welfare of the nation’s children at heart.

Pulling from 17 years of personal experience as a teacher and reading specialist, Wilt hopes to motivate readers to rise and help to redesign the nation’s school systems. She urges us to act now to create an academic environment in which children do not feel inadequate and are inspired to learn.

According to Wilt, much of taxpayers’ money is not actually benefitting the children in school systems and the children, as well as our future as a country, are suffering.

“The illiteracy problem in America is only getting worse, and if we do not act and reform the school systems and teaching practices now, the future of our children and the country at large are going to face dire consequences,” says Wilt. “We are running out of time.”

‘The System Redesigned: This Time for Children (and Taxpayers)
By Norma Simpson Wilt
ISBN: 978-1-4624-0122-2
Paperback: $13.99
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About the author
Having taught for 17 years in various states across the nation, Norma Simpson Wilt is no stranger to the school systems in our country. With her degree in education from Georgetown College and extensive research in the literacy field, she is alarmed by the illiteracy rates in America. Recently, she has been traveling the country, holding speaking engagements on subjects including illiteracy and the reformation of the school system. She currently lives in Cincinnati.

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