Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Half Of Detroit Residents Are Illiterate

Atlanta Post - Almost Half of Detroit Residents Are Functionally Illiterate A shocking study by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, may explain a root problem to the struggles within the Motor City.
According to reports, 47 percent of Detroit residents were found to be functionally illiterate.
This means, nearly half of Detroit residents can't do simple things like read a book, fill out a job application or enjoy the daily content on Hiphopwired.com.
The GOOD news report reads:
According to the study, of the "200,000 adults who are functionally illiterate, approximately half have a high school diploma or GED"—which means that the other half do not. Sadly, only 10 percent of residents who need adult literacy classes even receive services to teach them how to read, and only one fourth of adult education programs "provide services for learners at the lowest literacy levels."
Addressing the literacy problem is particularly critical because of the city's steep unemployment rate. In recent years it's been as as high as 50 percent, and 33 percent of adults aged 20-24 are unemployed. Even if a jobs recovery does happen, if the city's residents don't have the basic skills—like being able to read—their career options won't improve much.
Detroit's economic was one of the hardest hit by the U.S. recession, and with a report like this, it's understandable.
Although, this doesn't explain why the Detroit Pistons and Lions suck in professional sports, but it does explain why the city was named of the of most dangerous cities in the world in 2010.
At least Detroit has Eminem to be proud of.
If anyone out there knows someone from Detroit, you might want to read this news report to them, it's a 50% chance they can't read this for themselves.

1 comment:

  1. If President Obama plans on being re-elected, then he needs to re-tap into the optimism that helped him win last time. Fortunately, the first feature film to examine that optimism will be playing in Detroit on next Thursday night.

    On 6/23 at 7 PM, the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival will open with its first screening of "1/20," a film by Gerardo Del Castillo Ramirez. The screening will be held at the Partrich Auditorium, 471 West Palmer, Detroit MI (part of the Wayne State University).

    Will Shepherd, the lead actor of 1/20, will be in attendance to provide some opening remarks and a Q&A session after the screening.

    1/20 is the first feature film of Mexican Director Gerardo Del Castillo Ramirez, who is known as the "Wong Kar Wai of Mexican/Iberian cinema," and who currently resides in Barcelona.

    "1/20" is the first feature film about the American experience of electing Obama. The film is a dark teen comedy (family-friendly, but it has some explicit language), which examines how the American people became impassioned and ultimately nihilistically exhausted during the campaign. 1/20 employs iconic American imagery from a Hegelian perspective, as only a team of Latin artists and a Japanese lead actress can truly present America with objectivity. Moreover, the use of teen metaphor to drive this film originates in the subversiveness of encouraging dialogue and education without creating shocking content.


    In light of your past political articles directed towards the Detroit community, we invite you to attend this screening. We will also be happy to arrange interviews with any member of the cast or crew, per your request.

    Warm regards,
    C Malo Producciones