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How Many Books Would $87 Billion Buy?

Susan Notes: Every dollar spent on the war in Iraq could have been spent on children in the U.S.

$87 billion is the number given for the cost of rebuilding Iraq.

  • There are 72.6 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S.

  • Take that $87 billion and spend it on the books for the kids. That would provide $1,145 per student.

  • Spent on $4 paperbacks-you'd have 286 books per kid.

  • Assuming for middle grade kids that the books have 30,000 words per book, that's 8,580,000 words.

  • If they read that, given Nagy's research, that would be 8,580 new vocabulary words.

  • — Suzanne Barchers, Managing Editor, Weekly Reader
    "From Comics to Classics--Creating Lifelong Readers and Writers"
    speech, Absecon, NJ, PTO


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