“The Number of American Adults who Are Functionally Illiterate Increases by 2.25 Million each Year.”

Via on Jul 1, 2012

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15 Responses to ““The Number of American Adults who Are Functionally Illiterate Increases by 2.25 Million each Year.””

  1. slsimms says:

    This makes me sad but I'm not exactly sure where the blame goes.

    I have a student that that I speak to occasionally on Google 0, or whatever that's called…and it is tough to read her writing at times. She has dreams of owning her own business and going to college; I want to encourage her.

    Reading has to be instilled early on. Thanks for the reminder Kate!

  2. slsimms says:

    Sorry, I meant to write only one *that* >.<

  3. Howie says:

    We need to get back to the basics: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. It really isn't difficult.

  4. Howie says:

    I know I had a difficult time with math when I was in school. Mostly because I couldn't see how I would use it on a daily basis (beyond basic math). When I joined the Navy after high school, it was like an epiphany as I now suddenly had a use for something that seemed pointless at the time. Algebra, geometry and basic calculus became the norm for me (I never got past Algebra II in school). My point for the above is maybe letting students know that there is a use for these things and how they can apply it in their daily lives. Perhaps this would ignite the fires of creativity again.

  5. Lars says:

    What is the reference sited, #2, for percentage of juvenile offenders functionally illiterate?

  6. John S. Patterson says:

    Notice the proof of the old adage. The presence of the Southern states in this kind of graph is consistent. Why? "You can't keep a man or a woman down in the ditch unless you stay down there with them." Keeping blacks down has made it very difficult for the Euro-descended to rise.

  7. marko says:

    Two things: ned to pay more attention to the math scores. We can't do math. 50 million are functionally illiterate, but barely more than 50 million americans are math literate. Too often writers bemoan the lack of literacy, because they themselves can read and write well. But they don't know how to feel about math literacy, because often they are not math literate. When you don't understand mathematical reasoning, you get manipulated by those who do.
    Second, we don't need to sacrifice student self-esteem. That is one area where countries around the world send researchers to learn from our school systems, because it leads to innovation and risk taking in later life.

  8. janesauric says:

    American children are given too much, they like to play their electronic games and they have become lazy.

  9. Judy H. says:

    I can read, unfortunately I cannot read the microscopic print that lists the resources of these facts and figures.

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