|U.S. Illiteracy Statistics||Data|
|Percent of U.S. adults who can’t read||14 %|
|Number of U.S. adults who can’t read||32 Million|
|Percent of U.S. adults who read below a 5th grade level||21 %|
|Percent of prison inmates who can’t read||63 %|
|Percent of high school graduates who can’t read||19 %|
More broadly still, when all the statistics are thrown about and the inevitable demand for more teachers or more schools or more programs, but always more More MORE money is made, the questions I have are these:
- When it's easier than ever to learn how to read, don't these numbers show that a large swath of America doesn't value literacy?
- Since reading is crucial for self-reliance in the 21st Century, doesn't this imply they don't see the need to be self-reliant? What kind of life can you make for yourself if you can't read?
- Why don't these people think they need to be self-reliant?
* - It's on the Internet, so it must be true! (I didn't verify the numbers.)