Sunday, April 26, 2009

Literacy Statistics

Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. They are deliberately sought after because they have superb problem solving skills and excellent 3D and spatial awareness.

Over one million children drop out of school each year, costing the nation over $240 billion in lost earnings, forgone tax revenues, and expenditures for social services.
Approximately 50 percent of the nation's unemployed youth age 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.

More than three out of four of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers and 68% of those arrested are illiterate. About three in five of America's prison inmates are illiterate.

44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.
It is estimated that the cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is $20 billion per year.

Dyslexia affects one ot of every five children - ten million in America alone.

U.S. adults ranked 12th among 20 high income countries in composite (document, prose, and quantitative) literacy.

More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level - far below the level needed to earn a living wage.

60 percent of America's prison inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems.

Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.

Nearly half of America's adults are poor readers, or "functionally illiterate." They can't carry out simply tasks like balancing check books, reading drug labels or writing essays for a job.

21 million Americans can't read at all, 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their diplomas.

To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020, citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now have been achieved by only a small percentage of the population.


  1. pretty sad statistics aren't they!!

  2. Interesteing facts!!
    I love your background.. so cheerful :)

  3. It breaks my heart,Sheree.

    Sadly, uneducated parents ~ elementary school level...

    Maybe 8th-9th grade ed tops ~ are having babies & they don't know how to read & it just trickles down. Yet they know s-e-x.

    Poor reading skills, horrible language & unintelligible speech seems to be acceptable in our society.

    I'm not saying one should speak like an Ivy/Rhodes scholar but please lets have a decent oratory in their vocal arsenal = {.

  4. Hi, DeSeRt RoSe... Welcome, friend = ). The facts are something to let marinate in your noggin, huh?

    I think this background is so adorable. Very different from my other one. I feel like I stepped into the sun when I visit here.

    Aaahh, a bit of a vacation.

  5. Although these statistics are sad to read, where did the come from? What are the sources? Are the sources documented and reliable? Although I agree that Americans are sorely lacking in literacy skills, I would love to see the sources of your data given.