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Sunday, January 15, 2006

That's Scary

Speaking of illiteracy, I recall reading recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education (I believe, or perhaps it was a similar publication) that something like 25% of undergraduates in the United States can be considered academically literate. Essentially, students were given an examination that tests basic reading and writing skills, which, much like the Grade 10 EQAO here in Ontario, the majority failed. Imagine that: only a quarter of those in university (undergrad) actually have university level literacy! Kinda scary. It's also interesting that in the United States, one can go straight into education, i.e., there's such thing as an Education major. In Ontario/Canada, one must first or simultaneously acquire a Bachelor's degree of some kind alongside teacher's college. Although most people I know in teacher's college are blockheads (there are notable exceptions of course!), it is scary to think that the majority of those in education, especially in the United States, cannot themselves read and/or write. Interestingly, Education majors in the U.S. have the consistently worst SAT and GRE scores. Something to think about.


Blogger Dr J said...

None of this surprises me, especially as someone who has taught his fair share of Ed students. That, however, is the stuff of old rants you've heard several times before, surely. (Sigh.) And sadly, things just seem to get worse and worse.

2:46 p.m.  

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