1. You are literate.
Okay, it's quiz time.
Which country has the highest literacy rate?
Cuba, with 99.8%.
What place on the list does the United States occupy?
Tied for 19th, with 99.0%.
Statistics per United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2009.
2. You probably live near America's Most Literate City: Seattle!
That's right. Seattle has just been named #1 on the 2009 list of America's Most Literate Cities, by Dr John W. Miller, President of Central Connecticut State University. The annual study, which originated in 2003, "focuses on 6 key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and internet resources," according to the AMLC webpage at http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=5390
So rejoice. High literacy rates correlate with lower crime rates, better health, and higher productivity. And early literacy programs, according to the Economic Policy Institute, "contribute to long-term economic benefits for the community and the nation".
We are among the lucky ones.
We can read.