“They just reported on NPR that the United States has 35 MILLION adults who are illiterate. 35 million kids were utterly failed by our public school system. Many of them graduated from High School still unable to read above a 3rd grade level, and many read at a 1st grade level as adults with kids of their own.
Let that sink in. It explains so much.
If you can’t read, you aren’t using the internet, nor reading newspapers. How do you get your news and information? From Talk radio and from TV. 35 million adults are held hostage by less-than-reputable information sources. And we wonder why there is pseudo-science, climate change deniers, and fear of people who are different.
32% of illiterate adults, who read below a 4th grade level, are white people born here. Not immigrants. Poor white folks have the highest illiteracy rates in the nation. Think about our elections of late: does that explain so, so much about the fear of ‘Other’ that news outlets are able to spark…the misinformation that people believe… the sense of shame and hate they harbor for educated people lecturing them about science… or human rights? Geez.
This number inspires both compassion and horror. We need to fix this to save our country from more self-destructive elections manipulated by private news corporations- and it’s not the Russians that have caused our illiteracy rates. That’s our own making.”
by Samantha Brooke Reynolds Nuttycombe