Jks Higher Min.wage Vs. Gwbs Eucation Plan in General Discussions Posted October 20, 2004 I agree we should get back on subject. For those of you still confused please contact someone at your state's health care licensing board o go to the Doctor's of osteopathy website. I think the subject was education and its value for income. Someone asserted that if 25% of the US population were not illiterate that there would be no poverty. There is no evidence that the rate of illiteracy even approaches 1% in the US (citation previous). My questions are with illiteracy so low why is poverty so high and why would some one think that 1 in 4 people is illiterate? In the first case I think that even common sense indicates that this is not true. Cuba for example has a higher average educational attainment than the US but is among the poorest countries. In the US there are many examples of educational attainment not predicting wealth. Many famous actors and producers have seven figure incomes but did not complete a bachelor's degree. I don't believe Bill Gates completed his bachelor's degree and he is very wealthy. As for the 25% illiteracy I think it is important to figure how such inaccuracies are spread. More damaging than a 25% illiteracy rate is a willingness to accept statistics which are invalid. Yet we see this all too often. Look at the current presidential campaign. Someone says that things are going great or bad but either do not support their statement or, even worse, their statements are not supportable. I think that this lack of critical thinking (I.Q.) is far more important than educational attainment).