Jack,I think that it was closer to 20 or 25%,but I can't recall the exact number so I posted that it was AT LEAST 10%.Even illiteracy isn't a valid excuse b/c so many folks watch television where there are pictures of the national map shown.I'll bet you that even some of the dumbest Italians STILL know that their country is shaped roughly like a boot and would be able to point it out on a blank map.Even if you can't spell the word 'triangle' in your native language,you should recognize the shape when you see it,right?
My sister actually likes the U.S.(and lives there),and she tries to offer excuses for their crappy system by saying that they have so many immigrants who don't speak the language well.....but she understands that she's grasping at straws because millions of U.S. immigrants come from places like Japan,S.Korea or Europe...and THOSE students actually do BETTER than the Americans on Grammar tests
.If you ask me,Jack,there are two main reasons why the gringos are so pathetic in Education.Reason #1 is that their public education system is so rife with graft and bribery,amongst the decision-makers,that they can't work together and get anything constructive accomplished.Reason #2 is that American parents are such no-account fucks who only care about advancing their careers and barely even say hello to their children.They just plop their kids in front of the TV,or some video-game system,from the time they're 1 year old,and don't ever bother reading them any stories...or teaching them to read on their own...and then they expect the school system to work miracles and undo their parental f--k-ups
.If they're not #1,then they're damned close to having the highest amount of brainwashed TV and internet addicts on the planet.They can't even read an email with more than 2 lines b/c their attention spans are so short.If you've ever wondered why soccer(European Football
) will NEVER be popular in the U.S.,it's because the pace is too deliberate and doesn't give the gringos enough instant gratification.Even their formerly-beloved baseball has lost tons of popularity in recent decades for that same reason