Within five years, more than half of America’s children and teenagers will have at least one nonwhite parent. But when the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked at 3,200 children’s books published in the United States last year, it found that only 14 percent had black, Latino, Asian, or Native American main characters
In the US, about 30 million adults struggle with basic literacy. The inability to read proficiently has wide-ranging economic consequences, affecting a person’s ability to get and hold onto a job, as well as increasing the likelihood one would rely on government assistance. But one tech company believes something as simple as increasing the size of spacing between certain words could improve people’s reading comprehension.