The Most Literate and the Most Challenged

Washington has been declared the “most literate” city in the U.S. since 2010. Meanwhile, DC also has areas with illiteracy rates close to 50%, and a “book desert” where 830 children would need to share one age-appropriate book for sale. Hear from Dr. John W. Miller, author of the “most literate cities” studies; Dr. Jesse Turner, director of the Central Connecticut State Literacy Center and a friend of the Education Town Hall, and Jimmie Williams, executive director of DC’s Washington Literacy Center.

PLEASE NOTE: We experienced technical difficulties with phone connections, so this recording was edited to remove some false starts in the main discussion. In addition, the file was edited in a moving vehicle. Our apologies. Thank you for your patience.

This is a follow up to our “Book Deserts and Their Effects” report. See also “Literacy East and West of DC’s Anacostia.

The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd
broadcasts from Historic Anacostia
in Washington, DC, on We Act Radio,
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
Listen live via TuneIn.
Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

After years of weekly broadcasts, the program now focuses one show each month on local issues and one on “the BUS,” organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.



Categories: books and bookstores, BUS program, literacy, National Issues

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