Originally Posted by BWinmill
(As an aside: it is interesting to look at different measurements of literacy. Frequently cited statistics for western nations are above 95%. Those numbers drop below 80% if you expect people to do anything more than read and fill in forms. Assuming that I'm interpreting the report correctly, about half of the population doesn't have the skills necessary to read a novel.)
Sad but true. Work as a Substitute Teacher for a few months and have a look at the English classes in our middle schools. Dick and Jane is heavy reading for some of them.