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Anyone else wonder why the average scrounging waste lander knows how to read and write? I mean is there some kind of wasteland primary school where they educate the local fauna on how to read and do basic math? I'm sure I'm not the first person to wonder about this..

"Local fauna?" Keep your misanthropy to yourself, please. As for the question, Followers, passing skills down in the family, travelling doctors etc. There are plenty of sources a person can learn to read from. You don't need a school, just someone else who knows how to read and write. Personal_Sig_Image.gif Tagaziel (call!) 10:56, September 24, 2012 (UTC)

I agree that the literacy rate seems a bit high given the lack of overall educational opportunities. However bear in mind that people would have started with a very high literacy rate at the apocolypse... They would have seen reading books to their children in infratcy as "normal", giving most at least a rudimentary ability to read. As the children got older the parents trying to keep things as "Normal" as possible would have likely done some home schooling (perhaps even working together with others nearby) to school their children - it wouldnt have been comparable to a comprehensive education that we expect today, but more than enough to give a reasonable level of literacy. The would have atrophied a bit, but I wouldnt expect it to fall to medieval levels.

This of course discounts "organised" areas like Vault City/NCR where reintroduction of an educational system can be taken as a given. Agent c (talk) 12:01, September 24, 2012 (UTC)

How many Wastelanders have you seen read something? I would assume that parents pass down knowledge of how to read onto their children. I mean, there are books everywhere. Even the most common of houses. And I expect that the somewhat more tribal or gang people can't read. 23:27, September 26, 2012 (UTC)