America’s Failing Grade…

Will this be the USA?

Will this be the USA?

Did you know that the average newspaper in the United States is written for understanding at the 5th to 8th grade level? As most already know one of the few newspapers written above the high school level is of course, The Wall Street Journal.

So big deal; who cares? Who’s afraid or even concerned about these statistics? I can assure you that it is not a tremendous amount of John Doe’s, Mary, Bill, or their neighbors. In fact, I go so far as to argue that the general populace of the U.S.A. doesn’t give a rat’s tail at all.

Incidentally, why do you suppose this is the case? Why is The Thinker even concerned about these numbers? Did anyone catch these headlines over the weekend or anytime during the month of November 2008?


blue-quotesAre most people, including college graduates, civically illiterate? Do elected officials know even less than most citizens about civic topics such as history, government, and economics? The answer: Yes on both counts according to a new study by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

More than 2,500 randomly selected Americans took ISI’s basic 33-question test on civic literacy and more than 1,700 people failed, with the average score 49 percent, or an “F.” Elected officials scored even lower than the general public with an average score of 44 percent and only 0.8 percent (or 21) of all surveyed earned an “A.”

This data may not seem important to some, or in this case many; however, there are volumes of significant findings about societies that become illiterate. These are the issues that are of great concern and should be to every person in the U.S.A.

Just for a teaser…how many readers out there have used a dictionary in the last week? Read some American History? Furthermore, with this humungous bailout situation happening in literally every aspect of commerce, how many of us have read just a bit of economics?

Part I on short series: tags; Literacy, History, Reading, Academics, Education

Assigned reading: “Our Fading Heritage” found here, click.

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3 Responses

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