functional illiterate

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functional illiterate

n.
A person whose skills in reading and writing are insufficient for ordinary practical needs.

functional illiterate

n
(Education) a person whose literacy is insufficient for most work and normal daily situations
functional illiteracy n

func′tional illit′erate


n.
a person with some basic education who still falls short of a minimum standard of literacy or whose reading and writing skills are inadequate to everyday needs.
[1945–50]
func′tional illit′eracy, n.
func′tionally illit′erate, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.functional illiterate - a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs
illiterate, illiterate person, nonreader - a person unable to read
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On an objective test of English literacy, prior CIS research showed that even among immigrants who have lived in the country for more than 15 years, 43 percent score at the "below basic" level, which is sometimes equated to functional illiteracy.
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Despite the change, functional illiteracy and low quality instruction continue to victimize us like the plague.
And such restrictions are taking place against a backdrop of crisis for disadvantaged youth: The official unemployment rate for British youth is 20 percent, functional illiteracy among teens is at 17 percent, and the country has one of the lowest social mobility rates in Europe, according to an OECD 2010 study.
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If we look at America today, chronic inequalities still prevail: school dropout rate is unyielding, functional illiteracy is unequalled compared to many western nations, rate of incarceration of African Americans is deplorable and intolerable; poverty is disproportionately shared; health is in constant jeopardy and the African American family is sorely affected.
Some years back, Detroit was found to have a rate of functional illiteracy of 47 percent.
Functional illiteracy Percentage of adults unable to read and write well enough to function effectively in the community 2000 selected industrialised countries.
A fifth trend that has dramatically changed the landscape of consumer health information is the emphasis on health literacy, which stems from the alarming rate of functional illiteracy in the United States.
And despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent in public schools over the past decade to boost literacy rates, functional illiteracy levels have remained flat because of a steady influx of non-English-speaking immigrants and a 30 percent high school dropout rate, authors of the report said.
Functional illiteracy is a problem often overlooked by nurses.
Functional illiteracy is as high as 40 percent among minority youths.

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