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Actually, the surprising news is that 53% of ‘em can read at all:
According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.
WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means.
“Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said.
“I don’t really know how they get by, but they do. Are they getting by well? Well, that’s another question,” Tyler-Ruiz said.
Some of the Detroit suburbs also have high numbers of functionally illiterate: 34 percent in Pontiac and 24 percent in Southfield.
“For other major urban areas, we are a little bit on the high side… We compare, slightly higher, to Washington D.C.’s urban population, in certain ZIP codes in Washington D.C. and in Cleveland,” she said.
Sad…when you start trying to compare your literacy rates to those in D.C. and Cleveland, you’re basically just once step from throwing in the towel completely. Just more Liberal policies and unionized teachers ruining something else beyond salvage. Though, this is actually the inevitable result of letting the government run the educational system…
Literacy rate is low. Crime rate is high. Wonder if there is any correlation…? Oh, and if you’re in Detroit and are slogging through this post, correlation means…oh, never mind.