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2014-01-30 10:53:33 AM
I just get TF for the pictures.
 
2014-01-30 11:51:44 AM
What percentage can only read phonetically?
 
2014-01-30 11:57:43 AM
Seems like a worldwide shortage of bootstraps.
 
2014-01-30 11:58:46 AM
Shocking. War torn areas have lots of kids not in school?
 
2014-01-30 12:00:01 PM
That's like 1 in 10.

/I'm worse at math
 
2014-01-30 12:01:15 PM
They are wasting money on this?   This doesn't shock me with all the people who watch sports and mtv.
 
2014-01-30 12:13:55 PM
From the N.S.S.  School of Reporting
 
2014-01-30 12:15:25 PM

Walker: That's like 1 in 10.

/I'm worse at math


Man! Thats, like, nearly half.
 
2014-01-30 12:15:51 PM
Being in the US is kinda like being in the world's 10% richest anyways.
 
2014-01-30 12:22:57 PM

ikanreed: Being in the US is kinda like being in the world's 10% richest anyways.


Your username is perfect for this thread
 
2014-01-30 12:23:08 PM
25% of American Adults didn't read a book last year, in any format (physical, digital, etc).
 
2014-01-30 12:23:51 PM
I can't beleive their are so many kids which can't read. Its rediculous.
 
2014-01-30 12:26:35 PM

FourDirections: ikanreed: Being in the US is kinda like being in the world's 10% richest anyways.

Your username is perfect for this thread


What, you think I don't know that this is about literacy.  I'm just engaged with the assumption that literacy and wealth are interconnected(because claiming otherwise is stupid).
 
2014-01-30 12:31:50 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: 25% of American Adults didn't read a book last year, in any format (physical, digital, etc).


Or, in other words, 75% of American adults still read books.

That's more than I expected.


Also, what percentage of that 250 million is of an age where not being able to read yet is still relatively acceptable?

"50% of children under age 18 read at or below the level of a 9-year-old!"
 
2014-01-30 12:59:05 PM
You can lead a horse to water, but don't shoot it in the mouth.


Or something...
 
2014-01-30 01:21:05 PM
There are ~50 million children in K-12 and there are 314 million Americans.
https://www.google.com/#q=what+is+the+population+of+the+united+states "

So if you take the ~65 million children from just born to age 18 from the total population, we're left with 314 - 65 (in millions) = 249 million adults.
25% of those have not read any books in a year, or 62.25 million people.
If these statistics are anywhere close to accurate, and then if you add the total of adults who have only read fiction books in the past year - you can easily see why the general public acts the way that it does when exposed to the various news and talking heads that are constantly babbling over the airwaves 24/7.

I mean, a majority of people polled in 2013, thought that 25% of the government's spending was going to "Foriegn Aid".
Source: Fareed Zakaria GPS 1/26/2014.
How does this idea even get promoted, and believed by a large number of people? Unfortunately, it is a common talking point on the radio and 24/7 news/entertainment cycle whenever those policy discussions come up. Without people actually reading source material, in a book, be it in physical or multimedia or digital format, the consumers of those radio and 24/7 news/entertainment sources have no other way of knowing that what they are being told is false.

People are making decisions on terrible information and we wonder why things continue to go the way they are going. Garbage in leads to garbage out. The people at the top rake in the profits, while the rest of the people are left wondering why things didn't go they way they thought.

A democratic republic must have involved, knowledgeable citizens if we are to remain a democratic republic, otherwise we'll just be left with the few ruling the many just like every other era of human development.
 
2014-01-30 01:37:02 PM
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2014-01-30 01:37:54 PM
While this statistic is rather sobering, I don't really agree that the problem (or at least the majority of the problem) is lack of trained teachers.  Learning doesn't take place in a vacuum.  All the teachers in the world will not fix this problem in a culture that discourages learning.  Children need support, encouragement, and direction (and on a more basic level, safety) on both a household and societal level if they're going to really pursue knowledge.
 
2014-01-30 01:56:42 PM
On the other hand, a fair number of those children are better shots than me and/or have more sex.

/Should I go for a window seat?
//It is not as if the last hours of comfort matter on the way to hell
///The view on the other hand is a once in an afterlife time opportunity
 
2014-01-30 02:09:25 PM

RentalMetard: While this statistic is rather sobering, I don't really agree that the problem (or at least the majority of the problem) is lack of trained teachers.  Learning doesn't take place in a vacuum.  All the teachers in the world will not fix this problem in a culture that discourages learning.  Children need support, encouragement, and direction (and on a more basic level, safety) on both a household and societal level if they're going to really pursue knowledge.


Don't forget food, water, and combat-free learnin' zones.

/at least the US provides two outta three
//unless you're behind on your lunch bill, then it's one outta three
///assuming the water fountains work in your kid's school
////.......
 
2014-01-30 02:22:45 PM

ikanreed: FourDirections: ikanreed: Being in the US is kinda like being in the world's 10% richest anyways.

Your username is perfect for this thread

What, you think I don't know that this is about literacy.  I'm just engaged with the assumption that literacy and wealth are interconnected(because claiming otherwise is stupid).


I think it's a 4-way between literacy, wealth, culture, and IQ.

A good culture will encourage literacy
A high-IQ* people will find it easier to learn how to read
A literate people will get wealthier**
A wealthy people are better able to teach literacy
A literate, wealthy people will actually develop a higher IQ through the better, more challenging environment, which makes it even easier
The literate people are hopefully better able to make decisions about what exactly a good culture is.

* And there's enough evidence saying that IQ is at least in part environmental, so the culture can produce the IQ, and does produce the literacy which produces the wealth.  And I'm stopping there mostly because I've mentally wandered down that rabbit hole before and it's really easy to end up in bad places (like Imperialism as a good thing.  Seriously, go look at the fate of an Arab in Israel (not Palestine, Israel), and compare it to being an Arab in the neighboring countries.  It's not great, but it's better than anywhere else).
** On a sort of "The total GDP of my society is higher than yours a couple centuries from now, all else being equal."
 
2014-01-30 02:40:20 PM
Having been on this planet for so long, I've heard this song-and-dance so many times.  The local press runs the "why Johnny Can't Read" stories and the blame game starts.

Usually, there are calls to make school stricter, "3-R's", hold kids back a grade, parents blaming teachers, teachers blaming parents, everybody blaming the administrators, etc.

Root Cause - trying to make a one-size-fits-all across all systems because it costs too much to tailor courses for students that learn at different paces.

So many of these fads come and go in education. I no longer have a dog in this fight (kids all grown!), so I look upon these 'cycles' with a very cynical and somewhat amused eye.

Some of these date back to the 1960s when I as a kid...

Open Concept
Language labs
Putting kids with behavioral issues in the the general student population.
Segregating kids with behavioral issues into "opportunity" classes.
New Math
Streaming
Bringing in "Consultants" (And flushing money down the toilet!)
Brain Gym  http://www.badscience.net/category/brain-gym/  (weird!)
Not Streaming
Zero Tolerance!  (A fave whipping boy of FARK!)
CURRICULUM! CURRICULUM!  CURRICULUM!
Credit systems vs passing or not passing a whole year
PD or PA days(Skiing days for the teachers-A day off without pay for most parents!)
Segregated schools AGAIN! http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/16/africentric-high-school-appro v ed-for-toronto-critics-fear-segregation/  (Crazy!)

It's the CIIIIIRCLE of LIIIIIFE!!!!
 
2014-01-30 03:00:31 PM

meyerkev: I think it's a 4-way between literacy, wealth, culture, and IQ.


4 variables is way too few.
 
2014-01-30 03:49:59 PM
I blame the current Democrat control of House and Senate in Colorado
 
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