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Old 02-21-2013, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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It just seems rather poignant, ironic, odd, or something when we spend so much time with our famous CA vs. TX fights, and then we get this stat:

The most, least literate big U.S. cities

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The bottom five, starting with the fifth worst: Fresno and then Stockton, both in California; El Paso and then Corpus Christi, both in Texas; and finally, at the bottom, Bakersfield.
The most, least literate big U.S. cities - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Seems both states have a significant suck factor in this regard. Sorry, Bakersfield.

 
Old 02-21-2013, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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It just seems rather poignant, ironic, odd, or something when we spend so much time with our famous CA vs. TX fights, and then we get this stat:

The most, least literate big U.S. cities

The most, least literate big U.S. cities - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Seems both states have a significant suck factor in this regard. Sorry, Bakersfield.
Kind of self-serving of the Post to publish this story, dontcha think?

Also, who needs newspapers when you've got FOX News?
 
Old 02-21-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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Methodology isn't that great....newspaper/magazine circulation is declining overall, just because people tend to read it online.

For once I will stick up for Fresno, for an illiterate city they at least do vote to support their libraries whenever bond measures come up.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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Originally Posted by bigdumbgod View Post
It just seems rather poignant, ironic, odd, or something when we spend so much time with our famous CA vs. TX fights, and then we get this stat:

The most, least literate big U.S. cities

The most, least literate big U.S. cities - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Seems both states have a significant suck factor in this regard. Sorry, Bakersfield.
I agree with the other poster - methodology is questionable. Number of bookstores? When everyone has access to on line Amazon? My own little town used to have three little bookstores. Now there is one. Are we here now less literate than before? I think not.

New realities are in play.

A FAR better methodology would include number of books read per capita, number of non fiction books read per capita, stats like that to reflect the Kindles and the Nooks and Amazon, etc. Fighting the last war, so it appears to me!
 
Old 02-21-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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Originally Posted by bigdumbgod View Post
It just seems rather poignant, ironic, odd, or something when we spend so much time with our famous CA vs. TX fights, and then we get this stat:

The most, least literate big U.S. cities

The most, least literate big U.S. cities - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Seems both states have a significant suck factor in this regard. Sorry, Bakersfield.
Well I always said CA jokes about Fresno, Fresno jokes about Bakersfield, and Bakersfield jokes about Oildale.

I am impervious to Fresno jokes otherwise.

Glad my niece and nephew attend CUSD though.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I wonder how many of the people who were counted as "illiterate" are fully literate - in Spanish.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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I wonder how many of the people who were counted as "illiterate" are fully literate - in Spanish.
Well around here in Fresno that might also be Hmong, Cambodian, Lao, etc (the first gen brought here in the late '70's early '80's.).
 
Old 02-21-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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Fairly bad metrics being used here. Not a very interesting article based on the research and probably wildly inaccurate.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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My bookstore = the brand new downtown library in Fontana. Even has a little coffee shop downstairs.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield?

That's quite an infamous trio.
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