Excerpts From: The Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read , Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It
by Mark Seidenberg
2. The country is a chronic underachiever. A 2003 study found that about 93 million adults read at basic or below basic levels. At those levels, a person might be able to follow the instructions for mixing a batch of cake mix but not understand a fact sheet about high blood pressure.