Skip to comments.About half of Detroit can't read
Posted on 03/24/2017 10:39:29 AM PDT by Lorianne
America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate.
The report, titled "Addressing Detroit's Basic Skills Crisis" makes the problem seem as intractible as the Flint water crisis that is about to hit its third anniversary.
Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz described that level of illiteracy to WWJ: "Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; whats on the bottle, how many you should take just your basic everyday tasks."
Various estimates of the scale of need for basic skills services in the region convey a crisis-level order of magnitude. The National Institute for Literacy estimates that 47% of adults (more than 200,000 individuals) in the City of Detroit are functionally illiterate, referring to the inability of an individual to use reading, speaking, writing, and computational skills in everyday life situations.
We also know that of the 200,000 adults who are functionally illiterate, approximately half have a high school diploma or GED, so this issue cannot be solely addressed by a focus on adult high-school completion.
The remaining 100,000 of these functionally illiterate adults (age 25 and older) lack a high school diploma or GED, another prerequisite for employment success. While these numbers are less severe for the region as a whole, the region at-large is far from immune to this issue. Within the tricounty region, there are a number of municipalities with illiteracy rates rivaling Detroit: Southfield at 24%, Warren at 17%, Inkster at 34%, Pontiac at 34%.
The report offers suggestions for triage as well as long-term solutions.
Democraps work wonders.
I’m not surprised.
They voted democrat I assume...?
That’s nothing, most Internet users can’t read either.
But they sure can vote Democrat and call everyone else a backward hick.
And the other half is illiterate.
I’m sure they can read any Kanye West song.
(Typical elitist Democrat)
No big deal. I went back and read the spec for “DEMOCRAT”. There is no requirement for being able to read that I can find. Since this is Detroit I just don’t see a problem.
The dumbing down of America in order to keep them on the Bolshies’ plantation.
Many illiterates are illegal aliens who will never learn English. They settle in their barios and ghettos and then complain that our economy doesn’t do enough for them.
Here’s the thing, if you think about it. They can register to vote...somehow...show up...and half of them might accidentally vote for Trump.
Toss in that the folks who can read....might be blitzed on drugs, and they might accidentally vote for Trump.
So Detroit might have 100,000 accidental votes for Trump.
I wonder what % have smart phones and use social media. I thought there was at least some reading on social media, not to mention texting.
half of them can’t read and the other have won’t
Wouldn’t want to be “acting white.”
Well yeah, but on the upside, their pants sag, they got fat blunts, and obama was president for 8 years...What are you complaining about.
It's probably all in cursive!
We were promised those Islamic invaders were supposed to be intelligent hard working family oriented members of society.
This is why Trump picked Carson and DeVos. They can build charter svhools that compete with these crappy public schools.
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