Illiteracy is Like a Ball and Chain

From Behind the Pen

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Something that limits one’s freedom or ability to do things is known as a “ball and chain.” Visuals of this are commonly seen around the ankles of prisoners or slaves.

Illiteracy is like walking around with a ball and chain around your ankles. In my book, “We Are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook,” I allude to illiteracy as an educational disease that shackles positive growth and opportunity, which I deem our nation’s Achilles’ Heel.

November is National Family Literacy Month. Parents play a vital role in the education of their children. This nationwide celebration seeks to spread awareness and foster family literacy by encouraging parents and caregivers to read to their children.

According to,

Nationwide, on average, 79% of U.S. adults are literate in 2022.21% of adults in the U.S. are illiterate in 2022. 54% of adults have a literacy rate…

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