D.C. Functionally Illiterate

Discussion in 'Politics' started by boedicca, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. boedicca
    Offline

    boedicca Uppity Water Nymph Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2007
    Messages:
    41,844
    Thanks Received:
    12,789
    Trophy Points:
    2,250
    Location:
    The Land of Funk
    Ratings:
    +22,875
    I find this rather sadly amusing.

    One third of D.C. is functionally illiterate compared to a ratio of 20% across the rest of the U.S. Is this proximity to the political center merely a correlation or a causality?

    About one-third of the people living in the national's capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.

    Adults are considered functionally illiterate if they have trouble doing such things as comprehending bus schedules, reading maps and filling out job applications.

    The study by the State Education Agency, a quasi-governmental office created by the U.S. Department of Education to distribute federal funds for literacy services, was ordered by Mayor Anthony A. Williams in 2003 as part of his four-year, $4 million adult literacy initiative.

    The growing number of Hispanic and Ethiopian immigrants who aren't proficient in English contributed to the city's high functional illiteracy level, which translated to 170,000 people, said Connie Spinner, director of the State Education Agency. The report says the district's functional illiteracy rate is 36 percent and the nation's 21 percent. ...


    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8NVBUV81&show_article=1
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1

Share This Page