At first glance, a study like this doesn't do much for America's image:
WASHINGTON (AP) - About one-third of the people living in the national's capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.Once you factor in small children, immigrants, and of course politicians, it makes sense. Really though, it shows a severe lack of assimilation --an emerging pattern born of the PC multiculturist age. It's looking like the fire under that melting pot went out.
The growing number of Hispanic and Ethiopian immigrants who aren't proficient in English contributed to the city's high functional illiteracy level, which translated to 170,000 people, said Connie Spinner, director of the State Education Agency. The report says the district's functional illiteracy rate is 36 percent and the nation's 21 percent.