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Functional Illiteracy #49203

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 23, 1977
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(Studio) Recent survey shows 1/3 of Navy recruits unable to read and write on 10th grade level. Isn't unique problem; high school graduates are being sent into world without this ability.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(NYC) Results of recent survey of 17-yr.-olds tested on literacy noted. New director of Department of Health, Education and Welfare reading project says untrained teachers, unpersistent parents and nonagreeing experts are to blame; says most poor readers not unintelligent. [Dr. Gilbert SCHIFFMAN - says some have superior intelligence, some learning disabilities and professionals must find right method to teach.] Program in Philadelphia to help students who've failed literacy tests noted. [GIRL - reads newspaper ad.] 16 states now require high school graduate to pass reading tests, but teachers are still concerned re: flunking student. [Teacher Diane ANTONELLI - says it's hard decision to make if teacher has to be 1 to keep student from graduating.]
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) School boards in several areas will be looking at problem and policies over summer.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Martin, John;
Walters, Barbara

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