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Stolen from a post on the TEOTWAWKI board:

Basically a family fled the Bolshevik purges and lived 150-miles from nowhere out in Siberia until some geologists looking for oil came across them. They had managed to avoid all human contact for four decades, yet...

The Lykov children knew there were places called cities where humans lived crammed together in tall buildings. They had heard there were countries other than Russia. But such concepts were no more than abstractions to them. Their only reading matter was prayer books and an ancient family Bible. Akulina had used the gospels to teach her children to read and write, using sharpened birch sticks dipped into honeysuckle juice as pen and ink. When Agafia was shown a picture of a horse, she recognized it from her mother's Bible stories. "Look, papa," she exclaimed. "A steed!"

This family, who were as isolated as anyone you can imagine, managed to teach their children to read and write.

Yet, somehow, in Detroit the majority of the population is functionally illiterate. They have PBS and TVs and the internet and teachers and FOOD... but a family living at the far edge of famine (the mother starved to death in fact!) with NONE of those things taught every child how to read and write.

What's Detroit's excuse?!?
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