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Detroit Never Learned To Read

The Detroit Regional Workforce Fund released a report on Wednesday stating that 47% of Detroiters were “functionally illiterate“.  The shocking statistic is even more eye-popping when you see that only 4 other city’s compare to Detroit, with Washington D.C. and Cleveland being the closest.  See what the studies director had to say, and the study itself below.

The Fund’s director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz,  explained exactly what almost half of Detroit’s population being functionally illiterate 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”

Another shocking statistic is that less than 10% of those who can’t read have actually gotten any help to resolve the problem.

Detroit’s illiteracy problem is no secret, in fact different groups have held events to try and raise awareness to the problem.

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You can see a copy of the entire report here (pdf) via WWJ Detroit.

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