Sunday, December 25, 2005

can joe college read?

Seems that over the past decade (that means, "ten years"), the literacy rate for college graduates in the US has actually declined. (That means, people who finished college since 1995 can't read so good as people who finished before then.)

Only 31% of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it. Fewer than half of grad students and graduates are classified as "proficient" in reading. Reading books for pleasure is down (no surprise) which is arguably not a big deal -- but the ability of grads to understand information presented in tables is also declining.

A researcher says the problems among high school graduates are also growing worse.

I'm sure this is no big deal -- we can outsource reading to the Chinese too, right?