Detroit football and baseball teams are doing very well. Probably even those who can't read at the sixth grade level know this. But that is about as far as it goes. An estimated 300,000 Detroit residents 16 and older read below the sixth grade level. Michigan has 1.8 million residents who read below that level. Rochelle Riley writing in the Free Press of Oct. 2, points out that this even makes them ineligible for federal job training programs.
The good news is that the Rotary Club has pledged 3,000 volunteers to tutor adults. Bless them.