Your article takes poignant aim at one of this country's most urgent and enduring problems. Unfortunately, the author misses the mark when she suggests that the lack of federal funds are at the root of this dilemma.
Notwithstanding those illiterates who are recent immigrants, the majority have been afforded every conceivable educational opportunity. Although many social ills such as family problems and inadequate teachers provide an acceptable excuse for some illiterates they are unacceptable excuses for the rest. This is especially true in light of this nation's current magnanimous efforts, both federal and local, funded and volunteer, to combat the crisis.
Let's stop using inadequate federal funding as an excuse for this particular problem. The true reason for this epidemic lies with the lack of initiative, commitment and personal dedication on the part of many illiterates to improve upon their morbid state.
My wife's experiences as a volunteer for the local chapter of the Literacy Coalition, during the past year, have widened my vision with regard to this problem, as I have sat on the sidelines and watched her, on numerous occasions, attempt to convince her unmotivated adult students to return for one more lesson.