The thing that surprises me is that the local library apparently does not have an adult literacy program. Of course, the problem is that the adults who can’t read aren’t able to decode the flyers telling them the libraries often have these programs.
As for the illiterate population, it doesn’t take much for a child to lose out in the high stakes literacy game. A little dyslexia (I’m numerically dyslexic myself) or vision problem and you are sidelined. From what I have heard about Common Core, there will be a whole generation that won’t be competent readers, and there are already many adults who can’t read cursive handwriting. And then there is a whole different segment of the population who can’t read English because it is a second language for them.
One thing I do plan to do when I retire in the next few years, God willing, is to sign up as a literacy coach.
May 2, 2016 at 8:55am
Definitely a tragedy.
My dad, who could read, ended up using a hacksaw to take the top off one of the child (and adult) proof prescription bottles. One friend who has severe arthritis in her hands has a friend come over once a week to put the daily medication into the little dixie cups, which are then stacked on top of one another. It works well for her.
 May 2, 2016 at 8:46am
Audio books are wonderful, but having had some experience with someone who was functionally illiterate (see my earlier comment), not being able to read is a severe handicap. Just think about all the choices you make when you go to the grocery store. Imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t read the labels or couldn’t read the directions to make a recipe. Just think of the look on your face when you opened a can of Crisco thinking it was fried chicken. The other day, I was in our local hospital, which was recently renovated and I had to follow the signs from the admitting office back to the ER to get to my car. Definitely a challenge for a literate person like myself, totally impossible for someone who could not read.
But between helping a person between weeks. Maybe having a having a class, lesson or training in the form of a “audio class” or audio/video with course material in addition might be helpful. Just like learning basic language skills. – But of course it would make since to have someone help one on one, or tutor or to stay on track is best. Hence they are also helping the person to have the skills to help themselves.
There is a lot of options. But the biggie here is the cost, transportation, and skills needed to find it. Not to mention the self pride a person may have. That may keep them from asking for help, etc. And the lacking of empathy in situations like this from people. There is time not to be empathic for the good of the person. But in this case. Being empathetic and respectful to the person can go a long way to help them.
Especially since people in this situation can be extremely smart and experienced in certain things, but have issues 'within' issues.
 May 2, 2016 at 8:36am
For many, many years, public schools practiced something called “social promotion” which meant that functionally illiterate students were simply promoted from grade to grade and then graduated them out the door. For some students, they just don’t “get it” or have that “a-ha!” moment until they are older.
Be aware that with the advent of laptops and tablets, many students graduating today can not read cursive handwriting.
In one of my former jobs, we had a volunteer that was functionally illiterate along with a few other disabilities. He was being taught by a literacy volunteer (God bless them every one) to read and do simple math, so we gave him tasks that would strengthen those skills. Sometimes we were able to teach him decoding tricks, such as the fact that the word “hear” has “ear” embedded in it while “here” is location and embedded in the words “there” and “where”. In the two years he was with us, we saw him make tremendous advances thanks to the efforts of that anonymous literacy volunteer.
 April 30, 2016 at 4:47pm
“Committee member Craig Roberts, a Mizzou plant sciences professor,”
Not to put too fine a point on it, but when I was in school, we called that area of science “botany”.
Seriously, people, if that’s the level of instruction that Mizzou is providing for your family members, run — don’t walk to the Registrar’s Office and start the transfer process. Today, not tomorrow.
 April 30, 2016 at 4:38pm
The other day, during the primaries, a family member and I were leaving a grocery store when the family member asked me if there had been any election returns in yet. I started to say, “Right now, Trump is…” and some woman walking behind us immediately called me a racist.
 April 30, 2016 at 4:32pm
The timing of this couldn’t be better for the students! They are just about to or just have started summer vacation. Now is the time to start working on finding a serious school and processing that transfer, kids!
Heat Street (http://heatst.com/culture-wars/inside-the-fallout-at-mizzou/) is reporting that as of April 26th it was four dorms that they had to close, deal with a $32 million dollar shortfall and a 72% reduction in donations to the Athletic department. Those are serious numbers, but I guess they want to keep courting the BLM students. I say, Let them!
 April 30, 2016 at 7:45am
As far as I could tell, Ms. Wilson never claimed Ms. Vaughn was a “hot shot”. Ms. Wilson’s statement was that each and every time Ms. Vaughn arrested her, Ms. Vaughn said the same thing, “…life doesn’t have to be like this.” Ms. Vaughn wasn’t trying to impress, she was trying to talk sense into someone who just didn’t listen until she ended up hearing the door of a military jail cell door clanging shut.
April 29, 2016 at 12:04am
Actually, I think the screaming me-me should get together with the gal wearing a Rutger’s T-shirt who painted her face red at Milo’s Georgetown University lecture. They have SO much in common and would make an adorable couple.
 April 27, 2016 at 10:09pm
Using the word “free” in the same sentence as “Scripps College” is an oxymoron.
[-1] April 26, 2016 at 5:45pm
And then there is this stunning example of hypocrisy…
Prayers are the wrong ilk, liars and law breakers are the right ilk.
 April 24, 2016 at 9:08pm
Is it just me, or has DWS aged quite a bit, and not so very gracefully, either.
 April 23, 2016 at 11:21pm
We had a similar situation happen to us years ago. Some friends were having their hot water heater replaced during the week my spouse, our son and I were headed out of state to visit other friends. We gave them the keys to our place so they could take hot showers while the tank was being replaced. When we got home, there was a phone message to please call the local police department. A neighbor had filed a complaint that our son had pulled up all the flowers in her garden. The police had stopped to our place to check it out, only to find our friends there who explained there was absolutely no way our son could have been anywhere near the garden. Turns out that we had a small cook out a few weeks earlier and hadn’t invited the complainer or her kids, who were nasty — and ended up being placed in foster homes before the year was out. She made a major mistake in complaining about the loud music at that cookout because she didn’t realize that one of the officers she was talking to had responded to a minor fender bender accident across the street that particular day. In order to help keep the traffic moving, we had told the officers they could pull their patrol cars into our driveway. They remembered us. Oops.
 April 21, 2016 at 11:35pm
You are 100% on the mark. I’ve crossed paths with two of them already. Totally useless but able to find offense a half mile away. They are infested with “lawsuit-itis”. Avoid at all costs.
 April 21, 2016 at 11:22pm
…dismissing the case against McDonald due to civil rights violations, returning his items, allowing him to graduate in May and giving the community control over campus police.
What on God’s green earth are these students smoking? Must be strong stuff.
 April 20, 2016 at 12:18pm
This just smacks of deceit, just like when all those waiters and waitresses post pictures of notes written on their checks. Come on, people. Many customers pay with their credit cards, so it’s not like it was anonymous or something. And how would someone know their waiter’s/waitresses sexual orientation anyway?
Same thing here. Why would the staff write an offensive word on a special order cake in a box with a clear window in it knowing that it could be traced back to the staff member so easily?? Not only is it an out and out lie, but a massive insult to everyone’s intelligence.
April 19, 2016 at 11:22pm
@Chuck Stein (great avatar by the way)
The real kicker in this is that if the $15 hour wage is passed, these women will most likely still have their jobs with the union while the McDonalds employees will most likely lose theirs. Thanks for nothing!
April 19, 2016 at 11:18pm
And didn’t some investor buy the company and restart the whole brand with most of the former employees EXCEPT for the members of the driver’s union that pulled the trigger on the whole mess?