Do You Dare Read This?

This blog will be short enough that anyone can spare the time to read it.

Most people will claim to be compassionate toward those in poverty or who suffer some unfair misfortune, such as the pain and suffering of illiteracy. I therefore feel justified in becoming a little bit angry when people cannot spare a few minutes to help such people considering the fact that I have spent 27 years promoting a proven way of helping about 600 million English-speaking people around the world by ending illiteracy.

Case in point: A friend of mine recently posted an article titled “Reading Literacy” on the Comcast Forum. His post stated, “I wish to introduce two websites that provide research on reading literacy and provide a new method for reading English. This method was developed by a friend who spent 25 years in research developing the method. His name is [Bob] Cleckler.” He then listed my two websites, and There were nine responses to this post between September 26 and 29, 2010. The statements in all nine responses strongly indicate that the responder did not read very much, if any, of my websites.

It seems obvious that all nine of them scanned just enough to make an assumption about what the website was stating. They probably did not know I had a proven way of ending illiteracy. All nine responses not only stated things that were not true or irrelevant to the original post, but also the responses were off-handed remarks requiring absolutely no serious thought about what my websites carefully explain. If you are reading just enough of my blogs to enable you to make some complimentary comment as a way of getting your comment approved for Search Engine Optimization purposes, you are taking the same action as those who posted on the Comcast forum. By not taking the time to understand my blogs and respond appropriately, you are—in a sense—being heartless toward hundreds of millions of people who desperately need your help. A concern that does not result in appropriate action for ending illiteracy is totally worthless to anyone.

About bcenglis

Bob Cleckler is a retired Chemical Engineer. In 1985 he read Jonathan Kozol's shocking new book, "Illiterate America." He decided to use his research skills as an engineer to see if there was a solution to the problem. He spent more than a year in his research. He read EVERY book he could find on the subject of his research. He read dozens of books from the large Marriott Research Library at the University of Utah. Based upon his findings, he developed a solution to the problem of English illiteracy. It is a PROVEN solution. Dr. Frank Laubach spent his entire adult life teaching adult illiterates around the world how to read in more than 300 alphabetic languages. Dr. Laubach proved that he could teach students, in 98% of the languages in which he taught, to read fluently in less than three months. His books, "Teaching the World to Read" and "Forty Years With the Silent Billion," never mention being unable to teach ANY of his students to read fluently.

Cleckler collaborated with Gary Sprunk, M.S. English Linguistics, to perfect his solution based upon Dr. Laubach's experience and findings. Two non-profit educational corporations were formed. Cleckler is the CEO of Literacy Research Associates, Inc. and Vice Pres. of R & D of NuEnglish, Inc. Gray Sprunk is President of NuEnglish, Inc. Cleckler's award-winning book, "Let's End Our Literacy Crisis," originally published in 2005 is now available on our website,, without cost or obligation for the Second Revision, released in late 2012. This breakthrough book covers:

A. the tremendous need for improving English literacy. Cleckler found research proving (1) that 48.7% of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate, defined as being unable to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job, (2) that 31.2% of these functional illiterates are in poverty, and (3) that they are more than twice as likely to be in poverty because of their illiteracy as for all other causes combined. Furthermore he found at least 34 types of serious physical, mental, emotional, medical, and financial problems that illiterates must endure every day of their lives that we would consider a crisis if we had to endure them. Cleckler also found that illiteracy costs EVERY U.S. adult -- readers and non-readers -- an average of more than $5,000 each year for government programs that illiterates use; for truancy, juvenile delinquency, and crime directly related to illiteracy; and for the higher cost of consumer goods due to illiterates in the labor pool and in the workforce.

B. the causes of illiteracy. Before any problem can be solved, you must find the cause. Otherwise you can spend huge amounts of money fighting the symptoms of the problem without preventing the problem from recurring.

C. the preferred, proven solution to the problem. We have been fighting the symptoms of the difficulty in learning to read English for almost a century. Although numerous changes in American education have been implemented in the last century, none of them solve the foundational cause of the problem. Almost half of U.S. students never become fluent readers, and most of the ones who do become fluent readers require at least two years to learn to read well enough to continue increasing their reading skills after third grade, when most reading instruction in school ends.

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