Thursday, February 17

BAD NEWS FOR U.S. BOOKSTORES IN THE FUTURE

This story in the "Christian Science Monitor" about how few Mexicans read books portends future struggles for bookstores (and educators) in the United States as illegal immigration from Mexico fuels growing illiteracy here at home, among other problems. Indeed, this report out of Mexico on the scaling back and closure of bookstores there owing to uninterested (or illiterate) Mexicans would suggest that the figures reported of illegal immigrants having an illiteracy rate 2 1/2 times greater than U.S. citizens may be circumstantially correct. One major city in the United States -- Los Angeles -- with a high proportion of Hispanics owing to millions of illegals, is illustrative of the problem. The "Los Angeles Times," the mayor's office, and other sources have all pointed to over half of the city's workforce now being functionally illiterate.