For instance, my gypsy friends would fare very badly on the test, since most of them are really illiterate, not just functionally. But the research overall is based on some conflicting and dated data, and studies whose relevance to the UK is questionable.
Thanks to government regulations that make school attendance mandatory, there are fewer illiterate people today compared to in past centuries. Mr Cree's use of the 'dollars' currency in this sentence got us interested. Unpropaganda, instead, aims at stopping a message from propagating by presenting a lot of contrasting information to a public unable to fully evaluate it.
Nevertheless, the available data point to the view that functional illiterates seem to show various cognitive deficits. Moreover, again participant selection could drive the results and the subsequent interpretations of deficits.
Some authors even claim that functional illiterates can somehow count as untreated developmental dyslexics Greenberg et al. For one thing, it is a further nail in the coffin of the so called "information deficit" modelthat is the idea that if we explain to the public how things stand with climate change, they will understand and will do something about it.
It is not so expensive; well within the reach of the lobbies that would lose money from serious action against climate change. So, how do we fight climate unpropaganda? Further, Level 1 is not defined as functionally illiterate here — they are meeting the lowest level of literacy in this particular test.