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Nearly Half Of Detroit's Adults Are Functionally Illiterate, Report Finds

Detroit's population fell by 25 percent in the last decade. And of those that stuck around, nearly half of them are functionally illiterate, a new report finds.

According to estimates by The National Institute for Literacy, roughly 47 percent of adults in Detroit, Michigan -- 200,000 total -- are "functionally illiterate," meaning they have trouble with reading, speaking, writing and computational skills. Even more surprisingly, the Detroit Regional Workforce finds half of that illiterate population has obtained a high school degree.


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If this is true

How come as a college grad I don't have a better job? You know, making at least enough to match the national average. ;-)

Yes, it's a rhetorical question.


A clean slate could be a good thing. They most likely have not been influenced by the education system in any way because they did not show up or ever pay attention. With some strong leadership they could potentially be an ideal workforce or entrepreneurs.

These people could end up being heroes.


ideal indeed!

...and I think you should be the first to test that theory. Hire some of those "Clean slaters" and let us know how that works out.

So is that below

the national average or something?

Obama won Detroit in the

Obama won Detroit in the election. Just saying.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

Ron Paul won

It May Just Be

...that the literate ones "read the writing on the wall" and have already left Detroit, and are not represented in the report.

Not surprising at all

My wife is a 5th grade teacher in a fairly rural suburb of New Orleans. Her students all passed 4th grade but very few of them know basic math facts (ex. 5x6 or 7x4) and forget about division, they are helpless there. Yet she's supposed to be starting them on basic algebra (3x + 5 = 23). And according to the school district she was "wasting time" teaching them the multiplication they should have been taught in 3rd grade.

These kids have terrible grammar. There are a few that just can't stop spelling "the" as "tha" because it has an "a" sound at the end - in 5th grade they can't spell "the" after being corrected multiple times.

When she meets with parents, it's a bit frightening, b/c many of them obviously don't understand the content their children are studying. The parents have poor grammar, don't know math, certainly don't know science, and many have terrible social skills.

The numbers stated about Detroit are probably close if a bit lower than where I live currently, and are probably spot on for parents of the children at my wife's school.

All the better for the ruling

All the better for the ruling class of Detroit. Keep 'em illiterate so they wont talk back.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein


Their functional illiteracy can't possibly be that low.

They may be illiterate, but I bet

They can convert ounces to grams in their head. LOL


good one....not really.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

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Spent three months working in Detroit

last summer. After checking out the definition of "funtionally illiterate" I would have to disagree with this study. The necessary skills required to live and function in Detroit are not all that complex. Converting grams to ounces, searching for gangster rap on your Obamaphone, getting directions to the nearest welfare office, and knowing what day of the month they load your benefits card.

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

history of decline

I grew up in Detroit.The political and corporate decisions to build new auto plants in non-union states and import an ever higher percentage of autos meant fewer good paying jobs in Detroit. Nothing filled the vacuum in empty factories and wallets. Prior to that, federal funding financed the construction of endless suburbs. When the 1967 race riots erupted, idiot Mayor Cavenaugh publicly announced that he had ordered his police not to shoot looters. Given that license, looting went wholesale. White owned businesses were looted and burned out before the stores with "soul brother" signs in the window. Most were never reopened. Whites fled to the suburbs to get away from things like riots, street crime, and court ordered school busing. Detroit was left with almost no grocery stores or even a lower middle class to set standards and pay the bills. Those left behind voted for mayors who drove around in pimpmobiles with pretty ladies. I think that the present Mayor Bing, former Detroit Pistons star, is a good person who means well but is not up to, nor does he have the resources, to reverse the tide.



πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

Who needs literacy?

STW will take care of everything, serf.

Reeform Eenglish Literachr Beefoor itz Tuu Laat

Reeform Eenglish Literachr Beefoor itz Tuu Laat.

Ben Franklin insisted simplified spelling and grammar was key to a highly literate people. So did Kemal Ataturk. And the Germans do a reform every 20 years. Why are we stuck in Shakespeare's time when it comes to spelling?

Ben Franklin insisted simplifiid speleeng and gramr wuz kee tuu a hiilee literat peepl. Soo did Kemal Ataturk. And the Germans doo a reefoorm evree 20 yeerz. Wii ur wee stuk in Shakespeare's tiim wen it kumz tuu speleeng?

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

From a former teacher, RC Murray:

Thousands are functionally illiterate

He wrote a book called: Legally STUPiD: Why Johnny doesn't have to read

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Boo Hoo

No body, other than severely handicapped individuals, has illiteracy forced upon them. These individuals chose what they saw was an easy way out as kids. I grew up in a dirt poor family but learned to read at a local library before I began attending first grade. My kids both knew how to read before they attended public school which was quite a problem for my oldest. The teacher decided that she was going to shuffle my daughter off to a remedial unit due to her constant disruption of her first grade class. The teachers explanation was that my kid couldn't pronounce th and sh sounds properly. Of course she had no front teeth at the time which didn't seem to concern this teacher. We demanded that test be run upon her which resulted in her being booted up two years in classes. Kid was bored in first grade, problem solved. Both my kids attended public schools and received very good educations, of course their mother and I were very involved in all aspects and left nothing to chance. My youngest even got an almost free Ivy League education. You get what you put into it, nothing more, those individuals who decided that there were things more important than reading and arithmetic should not expect any remedial compensation other than that which they choose to work for.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

I don't know if that's the case in Detroit

There is incentives given to the people to stay dumb. Welfare, free medical, housing , phones...etc.....why should they apply themselves.

Fortunately for you big brother didn't coddle you.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Yup, and if ultimately their

Yup, and if ultimately their lives are an utter failure it's because of evil whitey racists. That is how the game is played, by the left and by the media. But I repeat myself.

Scary place

My wife is in cardiac rehab and deals with a lot of folks from that area and has to really break things down to a third grade level so they can understand. It's sad

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.