Can this really be true, Half of Detroit can't read?!?!

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ChkitOut, May 5, 2011.

  1. No way. How can a city even function like this?

    DETROIT (WWJ) – 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.

    Tyler-Ruiz said only 10 percent of those who can’t read have gotten any help to resolve it.

    The report will be used to provide better training for local workers.
  2. Lucrum


    Detroit "functions"?

    Besides, do you even need to know how to read just to cash a welfare check?
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  6. And they are certainly not alone.

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  7. They are just "keeping it real"

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  8. Wow, now that is how you pull something completely out of context:D

    Nice work there Peil:)

    Now, in fine Anderson Cooper fashion, let's fix your misdirection:)

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  9. Can you post a sound clip of this article please?

    Thank you,

    Detroit Denizen
  10. Well, if the other half can't write, maybe it balances out....
    #10     May 5, 2011