2.4 million adults in England alone can barely read or cannot read at all (Skills for Life Survey, 2011, Dept.BIS, the most recent data available). This equates to 7.1% of the working age population who struggle with this most basic requirement of everyday life, a percentage that is almost certainly reflected across the rest of the UK.
That’s a lot of parents who cannot support their children’s reading, a lot of parents for whom the words ‘World Book Day’ make them feel sick to their core. Many of these parents don’t even enter a doctor’s surgery when they are ill because they are frightened that they will be asked to read something or fill in a simple form, and for them the doors of Waterstones seem to resemble the gates of a kingdom they are forbidden from entering. Such is the shame many parents feel at not being able to read, they find it easier instead to hide the reading books their children bring home from school, so they are not faced with being asked to read with them.
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