If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(TC Palm)   Mor floriduh adalts lak baysick reeding skilz than nahshewnal ahvarage   (tcpalm.com) divider line 102
    More: Florida  
•       •       •

2629 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Jan 2009 at 1:57 PM (5 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



102 Comments   (+0 »)
   

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2009-01-08 02:23:17 PM
This just in - half of all states rank in the bottom 50% for adult reading skills.


/Romero
 
2009-01-08 02:26:00 PM
rlbgator: Wouldn't 25 states be worse than the national average? Or am I below average in my understoodness of maths?

Not necessarily. If you were looking at the MEDIAN, then yes. But you could have some really really illiterate (The South and Appalachia) states dragging down the average.
 
2009-01-08 02:26:14 PM
I can't read, so I can only assume I would get a kick out of these comments.
 
2009-01-08 02:26:25 PM
I see email messages every day with that kind of quality spelling. It makes me want to scream.
 
2009-01-08 02:27:26 PM
I'm a Florida resident so I would be getting a kick out of some of these replies if I was capable of reading them.
 
2009-01-08 02:28:08 PM
Marley'sGirl: My old boss once posted a not that said "this is unexpectable." I didn't have the heart to tell her, and I'm sure most of those employees wouldn't notice. The next time she had to write a note she actually asked me how to spell it.

/I still love her like a mom.


So she checks your writing too? And loving her like a mom probably wouldn't fly in other parts of the country either - like a sister maybe, but a mom is just getting sick.
 
2009-01-08 02:28:22 PM
rlbgator: Wouldn't 25 states be worse than the national average? Or am I below average in my understoodness of maths?

Depends on your meaning. If you are just taking the literacy levels of each state as a whole, then ranking them, then depending on if you're using median or mean, then yea, 25 states would be below average.

However, if you take the literacy level of everybody in this country, that could, and probably does, result in a different "average" than by using the method above. Thus, it wouldn't necessarily work out to have 25 states be below average.

/know just enough to sound like I know what I'm talking about
 
2009-01-08 02:30:28 PM
Szech: HA h...what the fark?

"Only two other states - New York and California - had higher rates of illiteracy than Florida in the latest survey. "


*hangs head*


As a California native, let me explain our part in this. Mexican immigrants.
 
2009-01-08 02:31:43 PM
jdawg3k: Am I the only one who thought "spelling != reading"?

This is exactly what I thought when I read the headline.
 
2009-01-08 02:32:51 PM
Butterflew: my 9th grade teacher had to tell me once to slow down as i read aloud, because apparently people were having trouble keeping up.

When reading aloud for others, it's a good idea to speak clearly and enunciate all your consonants.
 
2009-01-08 02:33:42 PM
Am I supposed to read this headline with a Boston Brahmin accent?
 
2009-01-08 02:34:17 PM
Szech: HA h...what the fark?

"Only two other states - New York and California - had higher rates of illiteracy than Florida in the latest survey. "


*hangs head*


Wait, wait, wait...

Me fail english?
 
2009-01-08 02:35:58 PM
Cubans.

It's those Cuban boat people what can't be read'n well
 
2009-01-08 02:39:32 PM
Honest Bender: As a California native, let me explain our part in this. Mexican immigrants.

Agreed, and I work for a Chinese bank. I struggle daily whilst trying to understand what peeps are trying to "say" in their emails.
 
2009-01-08 02:39:54 PM
I work at a BBQ restaurant in central Florida. I am constantly shocked at the amount of people who stare at the menu for 3 minutes, and then order something that is not on the menu at all.
 
2009-01-08 02:45:07 PM
www.carrieisgett.com
 
2009-01-08 02:45:42 PM
shakedown_dave: I work at a BBQ restaurant in central Florida.

Woody's or Sonny's?
 
2009-01-08 02:47:39 PM
dstanley: shakedown_dave: I work at a BBQ restaurant in central Florida.

Woody's or Sonny's?


It's a mom and pop. called Good Buddies BBQ.
 
2009-01-08 02:48:06 PM
JonnyBGoode: Anyone notice that if you say the headline out loud, you sound like Ted Kennedy?

I came here to say this....
 
2009-01-08 02:48:45 PM
But but the "no child left behind" was suppose to fix all that.
 
2009-01-08 02:51:25 PM
To be fair to Florida, it seems that the Miami area brings it down for the rest of the state. From link in TFA:

Location - Miami-Dade
Pop - 1,760,714
% lacking basic prose literacy skills - 52%

Given that 34% of the population is Cuban, and Cuba itself has a 99% literacy rate, either all the 'tards from Cuba go to Florida, or:

ptpark
It would be interesting to see what the basic literacy rate in Spanish is.


It would indeed.
 
2009-01-08 02:52:42 PM
purple helmet: I came here to say this....

I thought of Brian Regan's stand-up.

/funny stuff.
 
2009-01-08 02:53:12 PM
The first kid I knew whose parents got divorced moved away to Florida for a year. When he came back he had to repeat a grade, as the Florida schools had apparently done absolutely nothing with him in that year.

That's my impression of Florida public schools from 1977. Nice to know I don't need to update it.
 
2009-01-08 02:57:43 PM
Forgot to add:

either that or the rest of Miami residents are really hopeless. In which case I have to figure out a good swindle when I'm down there next to take advantage of all that stupidity.

/then again, they can't be that stupid if they're down there where it's warm and I'm freezing my a** up here in Canada...
 
2009-01-08 02:58:52 PM
Wow, it amazes me that in 2009 the rates of illiteracy in the US can be so high. I learned to read at 4, and cannot comprehend these rates.

I drive my husband crazy with reading four to five books at the same time, not simultaneously , silly. I had an Uncle that hired a private tutor when he was in his early 40's to come to his home and teach him to read at an 'adult' reading level. (He had a reading level at about fourth grade at the time. 1970's 4th grade level not today's 4th grade level)

And we are talking about a man that had a highly skilled job, he was the head wielder for Stellite, at their Delco-Reamy plant in Kokomo, In., he could wield those massive medicine mixing bowls and you couldn't see the seam when he was done! He also taught wielding to new hires.

Yet he couldn't read the Mortgage papers on his own house or the finance papers for his cars. He could understand if you explained them but could not read them. His comprehension was flawless, he was an intelligent man but lacked the necessary skills to read well. Until he took the incentive and learned, up to that point the had a million dodges so people would not discover that he was functionally illiterate.
 
2009-01-08 03:01:16 PM
Linoleum_Blownapart: The first kid I knew whose parents got divorced moved away to Florida for a year. When he came back he had to repeat a grade, as the Florida schools had apparently done absolutely nothing with him in that year.

That's my impression of Florida public schools from 1977. Nice to know I don't need to update it.


My cousin skipped a grade in Florida, when they moved to Wisconsin, they moved him back to the correct grade level almost immediately. That was also when I learned that EVERYBODY takes the Iowa test of basic skills, not just Iowans...

/Iowan
 
2009-01-08 03:01:20 PM
Marley'sGirl: My old boss once posted a not that said "this is unexpectable." I didn't have the heart to tell her, and I'm sure most of those employees wouldn't notice. The next time she had to write a note she actually asked me how to spell it.

You know what else was unexpectable?
 
2009-01-08 03:01:27 PM
greaser_77: killahgrag: Oh, and if it was Weinke farking Spurrier, I don't think anyone would have minded except Spurrier's boyfriend.

You sure about that? I'm 99% positive it was our QB.

Oh, and OU leads the nation in Rhodes Scholars


No, you're right. It was White, I'm just saying.. If that was Spurrier (I know, I went and changed the game), no one would give a shiat.

Oh... and sure you have Rhodes scholars coming out your ass... But we have...

www.thepassrush.com
www.awfulplasticsurgery.com

farm1.static.flickr.com

/so hot, would melt North Dakota snow in January
 
2009-01-08 03:02:24 PM
OK So Amuse Me: Wow, it amazes me that in 2009 the rates of illiteracy in the US can be so high. I learned to read at 4, and cannot comprehend these rates.

I drive my husband crazy with reading four to five books at the same time, not simultaneously , silly. I had an Uncle that hired a private tutor when he was in his early 40's to come to his home and teach him to read at an 'adult' reading level. (He had a reading level at about fourth grade at the time. 1970's 4th grade level not today's 4th grade level)

And we are talking about a man that had a highly skilled job, he was the head wielder for Stellite, at their Delco-Reamy plant in Kokomo, In., he could wield those massive medicine mixing bowls and you couldn't see the seam when he was done! He also taught wielding to new hires.

Yet he couldn't read the Mortgage papers on his own house or the finance papers for his cars. He could understand if you explained them but could not read them. His comprehension was flawless, he was an intelligent man but lacked the necessary skills to read well. Until he took the incentive and learned, up to that point the had a million dodges so people would not discover that he was functionally illiterate.


Would he wield them with both hands?
 
2009-01-08 03:03:12 PM
farm3.static.flickr.com

mby its b/c ppl txt mssg alot n frget how 2 wrt nmlly


thx 4 chkin m3 4 tiks
 
2009-01-08 03:03:45 PM
Texas might have some competition for most illiterate state in the union!

=Smidge=
/Data is 12 years old
//...guess the census takers don't know how to read the survey anymore
 
2009-01-08 03:07:38 PM
images.tdaxp.com
 
2009-01-08 03:08:34 PM
My stepsons spelling is a lot like this title.

He is in 11th grade and passing. WTH? Yeah he can read-really well as a matter of fact, but spelling seems beyond him no matter how hard we try.
 
2009-01-08 03:10:57 PM
topcon: That seems incredibly unlikely. I've lived in Florida for over 20 years, and can't think of one time I've ever met an adult who couldn't read.

You'd think at a rate of 1 out of 5, I'd have met a few by now.


You've probably met them but didn't realize it. I know of a few functionally illiterate people in my company. I'm very strict about not wasting my time reading manuals for people. If the answer is in a manual, I give page and paragraph references. For most people, this is enough. The ones that can't read complain that I'm "refusing to help them"

/To be fair, most of them have the ability to recall verbal information. I just don't have time to read it to them.
 
2009-01-08 03:11:20 PM
The US has a national illiteracy rate of 14.5%? Heh, welcome to the third world.
 
2009-01-08 03:20:07 PM
I graduated from a FL High School 6 years ago. It never ceased to amaze me the mental incapacity of those people. High School seniors that would have to be asked to stop reading out loud because it was taking too long. I would look at them as they read and just shake my head. It would take those kids 10 minutes to read a damn 7 line paragraph. Whats worse if those illiterate schleps were allowed to graduate. I know of one guy who couldn't read his own diploma.

And just recently i discovered one of my brothers friends can't read an analog clock. 19 years old, cant read a clock with hands. After nursing school im getting the hell outta gods waiting room if at all possible.

/Has awesome parents
//Could read at college level by 5th grade
///Loves books
/loves slashies more
 
2009-01-08 03:21:20 PM
"Wie arr yew triing to reed that sine? Wat arr yew, a fag?"
"Ile fag yer fase!"
 
2009-01-08 03:25:11 PM
At leest we reed beter then new york or californiuh.
 
2009-01-08 03:50:36 PM
Here in California I encounter quite a few people that still lack the basic spelling and reading skills they should have at their age. I work with people at an automotive dealership that have been in this business for over 10 years now that still spell "chassie" or "chassy" instead of chassis. Some still spell "Mersedees" instead of Mercedes. They WORK in a Mercedes dealer! The name is spelled all around them! It's no wonder California is high on the list.
We all might make little spelling mistakes here and there. We might not be able to read some obscure words correctly sometimes, but the things I see like mentioned above just make me want to rip my hair out strand by strand.
 
2009-01-08 04:12:37 PM
Zed-ex: topcon: That seems incredibly unlikely. I've lived in Florida for over 20 years, and can't think of one time I've ever met an adult who couldn't read.

You'd think at a rate of 1 out of 5, I'd have met a few by now.

Well it tends to be a bit of a negative thing. So people tend not to publicize it. You probably have met many but they didn't greet you like "Hi am Andy I'm illiterate". Most people who can't read learn tricks to get by


Whatever. Every time I meed somebody new I ask their name, hometown, and SAT scores.
 
2009-01-08 04:35:58 PM
Greywar: My stepsons spelling is a lot like this title.

He is in 11th grade and passing. WTH? Yeah he can read-really well as a matter of fact, but spelling seems beyond him no matter how hard we try.


I have always been a poor speller. I consider myself to be an intelligent person but spelling well has always eluded me. I hold a good job in IT and professional written communication is part of my job.

Thank God for spell check.
 
2009-01-08 04:47:47 PM
Smidge204: Texas might have some competition for most illiterate state in the union!

=Smidge=
/Data is 12 years old
//...guess the census takers don't know how to read the survey anymore


Data ARE! "Data" is plural, never mind.
 
2009-01-08 04:54:41 PM
Laz Long: You've probably met them but didn't realize it. I know of a few functionally illiterate people in my company. I'm very strict about not wasting my time reading manuals for people. If the answer is in a manual, I give page and paragraph references. For most people, this is enough. The ones that can't read complain that I'm "refusing to help them"

Yup, exact same experience here.

It's hard to blame the schools since most of the people here like that whom I know are from another state originally. Dumb does beget dumb, of course.
 
2009-01-08 05:10:04 PM
Heavy-set and Mary Kay. Seems they go together well.
 
2009-01-08 05:13:05 PM
Growing up in img1.fark.net, I used to see ads on TV for an adult literacy program. They featured one of their star pupils, who said that before graduating from their program, she didn't know the "pro-nown-say-shun" of words. I always found that ironic.
 
2009-01-08 05:20:08 PM
I came here to say something about lolcats being from Florida but I see several already beat me to it.
 
2009-01-08 05:35:57 PM
`


If the article is about Florida, why is the headline pronounced as if it were spoken in Boston?

Seriously, language education is severely lacking in this country. We need higher testing standards and more punishments for teachers who curve scores and give sympathy grades. There are too many idiots running around already, and I don't think it's too much to ask for every adult member of society to have passed fifth grade English.

`
 
2009-01-08 05:39:06 PM
Butterflew: Car_Ramrod:

Unless you're in 10th grade, I see no reason to brag about this, nor to think about it.

well that was the year where my parents moved us to another school. Typically at that age children are reading at a slightly more advanced level. You'd think people at an English speaking private school could read in engrish, but apparently that isn't the case. I can speak, read and write in 2 languages. And yeah i put that on my resume:)

in some cases it might just take a chickenfarker to get some people to lrn2read


... or Oprah.
 
2009-01-08 07:09:43 PM
img227.imageshack.us
 
2009-01-09 12:57:46 AM
I was reading about Norway, they have a 100% literacy rate.

We can't even get that in 1 town
 
Displayed 50 of 102 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all



This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report