Reading; who needs it?
In case any of you despair about the workers who will be supporting you in retirement:
Educational doomsayers are again up in arms at a new adult literacy study showing that less than 5 percent of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it.
The obsessive measurement of long-form literacy is once more being used to flail an education trend that is in fact going in just the right direction. TodayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s young people are not able to read and understand long stretches of text simply because in most cases they wonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t ever need to do so.
ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s time to acknowledge that in a truly multimedia environment of 2025, most Americans donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t need to understand more than a hundred or so words at a time, and certainly will never read anything approaching the length of an old-fashioned book. We need a frank reassessment of where long-form literacy itself lies in the spectrum of skills that a modern nation requires of its workers.
Yes, clearly the world will be a better place when nobody is able to process ideas too complicated to be expressed in 100 words or less….