Steve Sailer spots the U.S.’s least literate cities:
5. Anaheim, Calif.
4. El Paso, Texas
3. Stockton, Calif.
2. Corpus Christi, Texas
1. Bakersfield, Calif.
for which more immigration is a solution, argued Sailer sarcastically.
You may recall the New York Times’ recent complaint
that there are too few kids books with Hispanic protagonists. They assumed that supply from the top had no link to demand from the bottom. That Hispanic immigrant children didn’t have books with nino protagonists because white publishers were practicing some form of racism. Not only is it true that Mexican immigrants and their children and grandchildren don’t shop at bookstores in America – which is why Laredo, Texas was recently the largest city in America without a book store – they also don’t read all that much in Mexico
The Even Steven white person reads twice as many books in part or in full in a year as the middle black and Hispanic. We could assume that the books read by whites would also be of higher quality too. That’s a good deal more knowledge cascading throughout the white community.
International statistics of reading literacy
are quite interesting to look at. The commonly accepted story is that America is a mediocre nation, but that is when we lump all races together as well as immigrants with natives. America is less homogenous than the countries to which it is compared. Some seem to think that just because we’re America that we can overcome certain demographic handicaps and that if we don’t we’ve failed some sort of American promise.
As Tino Sanandaji
and Jason Richwine
have pointed out in two different places, when you control for demographics on PISA test scores, the U.S. looks pretty good compared to other countries. The average reading literacy score for U.S. 15 year olds is 500. Racially, the scores break down like this: whites (525), blacks (441), Hispanics (466), and Asians (541).
In terms of reading literacy, American whites score just behind South Korea and Finland and just ahead of Canada. American Asians score right ahead of South Korea. American blacks beat out only Mexico, and American Hispanics beat out Mexico and Chile. This despite the fact that the households of American blacks and Hispanics have much higher incomes
than other countries
scored on PISA. This indicates that income, the usual scapegoat for achievement shortcomings, is much less important than either culture or genes – or, more likely, the combination of both acting in tandem.