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Are You Literate?

February 20, 2013

Then thank your teachers.  By the simplest of definitions, literacy is the ability to read and write.  This covers the “prose” and the “document” forms of literacy, but what about the quantitative (numbers and/or money)?  It is most distressing these days to encounter a salesperson at a checkout line cash register who is incapable of making correct change unless the cash register figures out the total for them.  Here’s a startling infographic from about 10 years ago (courtesy of I can only imagine what this percentage has risen to in the last ten years or so.

23% of America Is Illiterate