Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fewer than one in four American teens has proficient writing skills - even when allowed spell check and computers

Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word processing tools, according to results of a national exam released on Friday.

Twenty-four per cent of students at each grade level were able to write essays that were well developed, organized and had proper language and grammar. Three per cent scored as advanced and the remaining students had just partial mastery of these skills.

Students who took the writing test inn 2011 had an advantage that previous test takers did not: a computer with spell-check and thesaurus. more

Thoughts: This is a deliberate effort on the part of America's corporate and political class. Educated and active students make for a poor and rebellious workforce. They would rather have young people grind through the "educational system", incur mountains of debt, only to acquire useless pieces of paper that guarantee nothing. The most laughable of them all? The "Ph.D." Most individuals are incapable of discussing any form of philosophy, let alone discussing their own "field of expertise" in a creative way that doesn't involve dogmatic regurgitation. A doctor of nincompoopery, perhaps. When will the educational bubble burst?