We’ve covered the abysmal public education system in Chicago and how it leads to violent crime and gang membership. “How so?” you ask?
JB Pritzker brags that 87% of kids graduate high school. But they can’t read or do math. They’re semi-illiterate at best. And a quarter of them are functionally illiterate. They have no hope of getting a decent job, getting married, raising a family while having a career and becoming productive members of society.
Instead, these illiterate kids have no future aside from what they perceive as the glamorous “gang” lifestyle of money, guns and drugs. And the only prestige they have among their peers is what they earn from their willingness to use violence.
Illinois Policy has the numbers, but they don’t make the connection between illiteracy, gangs and violent crime.
Research shows income and adult literacy are strongly related. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show 20% of Illinois adults are “functionally illiterate.” Cook County’s rate is 25%.
One-fifth of Illinois adults are functionally illiterate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That means they cannot understand the meaning of sentences, locate information on pages or complete simple forms, all of which would affect their abilities to hold many jobs.
In Cook County, 25% of adults are functionally illiterate.
Chicago Public Schools spends about $29,000 per pupil – up from about $15,800 in 2017.
It could be worse. In the Bronx (aka part of New York City) fully half of adults are illiterate. Maybe that explains AOC’s election. But I digress.
So when illiterate thugs occasionally meet Darwin in robbing someone who is armed – legally or not – and assumes room temperature, pardon us for not shedding a lot of tears. And for the record, the little aspiring armed robber was not a “victim” but in reality nothing more than a piss poor perpetrator who showed a sudden and profound error in his victim selection process. From CWB Chicago…
Chicago police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot and killed in West Town on Saturday afternoon. A concealed carry holder told police he shot the man because the man and three other people targeted him in an armed robbery.
The shooting occurred in an alley behind the 1700 block of West Cortez around 4:51 p.m.
In a media statement, the Chicago Police Department claimed “a 19-year-old male victim was in the alley when he sustained a gunshot wound to the chest by an unknown offender. The victim was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced. Area Three Detectives are investigating.”
However, officers at the scene said the shooter was a 68-year-old concealed carry holder who remained on the scene. He reportedly told them that he shot the man, who celebrated his 19th birthday last week, in self-defense during an armed robbery. Three other people who participated in the robbery ran from the scene, according to initial information.