Why High Point Can’t Read (YES! Weekly)

https://i0.wp.com/www.americansagainsthate.org/Yes%20Weekly%20Logo.jpg An alarming story in this week’s YES! Weekly focuses on the plight of the illiteracy issue in High Point and what’s being done to attack it.

An excerpt:

Nationally, one in five adults is functionally illiterate, meaning that they cannot perform reading tasks above the level of a first- or second-grader. In High Point, one quarter of the adult population cannot read the title of this article. More than half of adults would struggle with reading and comprehending the content, according to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.

High Point has more adults per capita who perform at the lowest literacy levels than Greensboro or Guilford County. The Herman Group, consultants hired to undertake a workforce preparedness study in 2005, coined the term “educational mediocrity,” to describe the standards to which generations of High Point students had grown accustomed.

“Adult literacy needs in High Point are alarmingly high,” investigators found.Will someone tell me whatever happened to the results of this study and how the recommendations are being addressed? Like all of the other “big money studies,” things just fizzle and die.

Once again, is Guilford County ready to attack the problems that need fixing, or are we going to wait until the next mega-dollar study that will only tell us the same thing?

E.C. šŸ™‚

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3 Responses

  1. “Once again, is Guilford County ready to attack the problems that need fixing, or are we going to wait until the next mega-dollar study that will only tell us the same thing?”

    If I were betting I’d put my money on the latter of the two.

  2. Well, like I said before, I’m sick and tired of seeing surveys and studies that virtually say the same thing.

    We know there are massive layoffs in this area. We know our local governments didn’t properly diversify our local economies and industries. We know we have a brain-drain as a result of it. We know we have more service jobs than any other industry. We know our local boards can’t get along. We know it starts with education. We know public education in Guilford County is shameful.

    I want someone to tell us something we don’t know.

    No…as a matter of fact, don’t tell me anything else. We, the community, know the problems, and I think we have a good idea of what needs fixing and how to fix it. And if our elected officials can’t fix the mess, we vote them out (and hopefully not replace them with seat warmers who won’t do the job).

  3. This is the klegacy of Dot Kearns. She simply MUST go!!!!

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