Americans Can’t Read

How literate are you? Think you’re below average? You’re not.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — About one in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks, a federal study shows.

Perhaps most sobering was that adult literacy dropped or was flat across every level of education, from people with graduate degrees to those who dropped out of high school.

So even as more people get a formal education, the literacy rate is not rising. Federal officials say this trend is puzzling and worthy of research.”

I don’t see the puzzling trend. What happens when you dumb down education to be more “accessible?” I’m sure some of us have seen (note: not read – many of such papers are unintelligible) awful college essays. Besides, all higher education is not created equal.

CNN.com – No advances made in adult literacy, study says – Dec 15, 2005

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