NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Numeracy Update

The Citizen Numeracy Project Launches – 3 April 2005, George Rebane

The Nevada County Library and Nevada City Rotary Club are co-sponsoring the launch of the Citizen Numeracy Project. The CNP is an entertaining and informative adult education course to spruce up the numeracy and critical thinking skills that most of us have neglected since we left school. Numeracy is the numbers counterpart of literacy for the non-technical intelligent adult. Long term studies by the Department of Education show the voting age population of the U.S. to be over 35% functionally illiterate and almost entirely innumerate. In what other country is it acceptable to admit in polite company that “I don’t do numbers, I can’t even balance my checkbook.”

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