In every English-speaking country, roughly one in six children find it impossible to learn to read and write well enough to cope with secondary schooling or the literacy demands of modern life. This failure tends to be blamed, predominantly, on poor teaching and inadequate parenting.
Nearly half of all children in English-speaking countries start secondary school with very poor spelling skills. One in five has not even learned to read properly by the age of 11. Governments repeatedly spend vast sums of money in order to raise literacy levels.
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