Thursday, February 14, 2013

23% of america is illiterate...,


Zardoz said...

Ok, so stripping away the crap, 80% are sufficiently illiterate that they can't successfully perform most jobs or take even a minimally informed view on voting or where to put their savings.

Zardoz said...

Not saying they don't have those jobs, only that they can't perform them.

umbrarchist said...

So why don't we have a National Recommended Reading List classified by grade and subject? 100 books for kindergarten, 200 for first grade, 300 for second grade, etc., etc. That would be 9000 books by 12 grade. But I never had a single teacher suggest a book that was not part of the curriculum. And a lot of those were boring. Catcher in the Rye, give me a break, PLEASE!

So if young kids can't find stuff they want to read what can we expect?

Omnilingual (Feb 1957) by H. Beam Piper

Badge of Infamy (Jun 1957) by Lester del Rey

How about Fu Manchu?

And SF includes science with the reading and so would help with STEM education.

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CNu said...

So, you've put your finger on a big part of the problem, teacher apathy, conformity, and laziness. Now, combine that with publisher motivation, hustle, and political influence - and voila! The very fact we cant/don't have a national mathematics curriculum should be plainly instructive...,