Jeb Bush: Reading Is 'Like Breathing'

The former Florida governor discusses the importance of literacy.
1:03 | 06/16/13

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Reading is is like breathing in many ways it's it's so fundamental to be successful and literacy is actually -- don't really doesn't get a lot of attention but the question of illiteracy that the problems country still. Very much so there -- two facts that really drive that about 35 million -- adults are functionally literate. -- means they can -- -- a -- get a job. If you -- look at the permanent. Nature of unemployment today you're gonna find that there's a -- correlation between the ability to read. In the ability get a job and then that plays out generational and because we have lots of kids and our. Pathetic education system where were were so -- wind up. Passing kids along you know you get past third grade -- acquiring knowledge and if you can't read. You -- really really Smart to figure out how to do this without being able to comprehend and and you know I'd I'd say maybe 25% of kids are functional literate going in the fourth grade. That's a tragedy so parents are the first teachers of our children and they have to read to be able to pass -- --

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