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    Re: American literacy ?

    I find it a terrible indictment of the American system.

    They care more about 'freedoms'......freedom to afford the best education......freedom to afford the best health care. Confusing the price with the value.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: American literacy ?

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    What is Channel 4?
    You jest sire.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: American literacy ?

    Sounds about right to me.
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    Re: American literacy ?

    A day spent reading the average posts on Facebook would support the notion, I think.
    It may not be so much that I've conceded your point as that you just can't hear me rolling my eyes.

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    Re: American literacy ?

    How would an illiterate be able to post on or read facebook? with access to computers andtheir prevalence in everyday life I'd have thought the incentive to read is greater than it has ever been.

    I have a dyslexic relative who left school with no quslifications now doing an open university degree, illiterate is not synonymous with stupid if it's true the problem has to be the schooling system and/or access to books and computers. Mind you watchig fox news on a regular basis would make anyboidy stupid.

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    Re: American literacy ?

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    How would an illiterate be able to post on or read facebook? with access to computers andtheir prevalence in everyday life I'd have thought the incentive to read is greater than it has ever been.

    I have a dyslexic relative who left school with no quslifications now doing an open university degree, illiterate is not synonymous with stupid if it's true the problem has to be the schooling system and/or access to books and computers. Mind you watchig fox news on a regular basis would make anyboidy stupid.
    I was being a bit of a smart-ass. But literacy is kind of relative, I think.

    My stepson is dyslexic. He is hardly illiterate, though, and he is far more capable of presenting his ideas in writing than half of the denizens of Facebook.

    I worked with Project Literacy for some time, teaching Functionaly Illiterate adults to read and write English.
    I met people who were completely illiterate, meaning that they had not even the basic grasp that a letter represented a specific vocal sound. Others who were from other countries, and understood that basic, because they could functionally read and write in another language. The first thing we were required to do was determine what level of reading they were capable of and getting them the proper educational resources. My best student was a fellow from Laos, who was completely illiterate, and was still learning English. Once he caught on to the ideal of letter - sound, he took off with it, and within a month, he was reading at a 3rd grade level. Last I heard from him, he was taking high school level classes. On the other hand, some of the most difficult students were the ones who could read and write in their native language but were trying to learn English. Project Literacy was not really their best option.

    When I was in China, I was functionally illiterate as far as the average Chinese citizen was concerned. I think I managed to grasp the idea behind about a dozen characters. Fortunately for me, they presented the information in a Western Character set on most street signs and such as well, and often even offered important information in English, as well.

    If that 20% figure includes all of the foreign-born adults who have yet to learn English, then it is quite believable.
    It may not be so much that I've conceded your point as that you just can't hear me rolling my eyes.

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    Re: American literacy ?

    I wonder if "text lingo" is included in this survey lol
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    Re: American literacy ?

    All the examples in the program I watched were American born and bred. They were all from poor areas.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: American literacy ?

    Wonder wht the lioteracy rate amongst ukip supporters is

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    Re: American literacy ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    All the examples in the program I watched were American born and bred. They were all from poor areas.
    I found that story on YOUTUBE, Making America Read.

    The only thing I learned is Unreported World is a troll looking for a story to exploit among the ignorant.
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