Literacy and Poverty Rates
November 7, 2007
Our friend Emily in Ecuador inquires ….
“How can it be true that Ecuador has a poverty rate of 65% and yet almost 93% of the population is literate?”
I also have these statistics:
literacy rate about 49%
poverty rate about 12%
The strange thing is, that I could not get an exact number for literacy rates in the US. This wiki article gives a good background to why there is no exact number, and how the US kept changing the definition of literacy to reflect a good statistic.
This is a fascinating topic. I would like to explore it more. Any ideas, thoughts, or stats that you have found that could add to this? Please comment!