American prisons are built based on the test scores of students in the third grade. Children. The nation looks at how many of those kids are falling behind, and they are able to estimate how many of them will end up imprisoned. According to an article titled “The Relationship Between Incarceration and Low Literacy”,
A low level of literacy is not a direct determinant of a person’s probability to be convicted on criminal charges, but correctional and judicial professionals have long recognized a connection between poor literacy, dropout rates, and crime. The educational level of the prison population differs significantly from that of the household population being over-represented with individuals having below-average levels of education. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 70% of all incarcerated adults cannot read at a 4th-grade level, “meaning they lack the reading skills to navigate many everyday tasks or hold down anything but lower (paying) jobs.
If we can improve education on a national scale, then we can help these children who are more likely to face imprisonment to be set up for a better future. We can reach the adults who are already victims of the system. As an educator, I work with kids who have fallen years behind their peers. We need to fix this problem. It is my mission to help close the educational gap across the nation, not just among younger kids, but also among middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults alike. It is never too late to learn. It is never too late to reroute your life. This is why we will offer tutoring and coaching services for years to come.