Saturday, December 17, 2005
Financial consequences of illiteracy
A December 15th post on the CNN web site says that a federal study shows that about one in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks. The consequence of reading deficiency is felt directly in the pocket book. "Adults with ability to perform challenging and complex reading tasks made an average yearly salary of $50,700 in 2003. That is $28,000 more than those who lacked basic skills."