Sunday, December 18, 2005

Interesting Study

Graduated but Not Literate

December 16,2005


"Not only does it find that the average literacy of college educated Americans declined significantly from 1992 to 2003, but it also reveals that just 25 percent of college graduates and only 31 percent of those with at least some graduate studies scored high enough on the tests to be deemed proficient from a literacy standpoint, which the government defines as using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."

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I have read the article and associated comments and from the information provided I am unable to draw any firm conclusions.  Without knowing if there is any difference in makeup of those being tested between 1992 an 2003 it is hard to establish what this means.  If we assume the test and sample were valid in 1992 and 2003, I would hypothesize several things.  First it would be interesting to know the difference in time spent reading between the students in 1992 and 2003.  Second I would suspect parents may be putting less emphasis and time in bringing up their children to be knowlegable in general due to their own time constraints since Americans are working something like 20% more now with less income.  Second parents may be putting less time into seeing that their children have knowledge and thinking ability since for a large part nowadays it is no longer a determining factor for success. Success being defined as having some sort of career where you are paid enough to raise a family and retire.  Since science and engineering are no longer viable options, and law, medecine, architecture would be for advanced students, the options left for average students are trades that cannot be outsourced or where h1b, L1, and illegals have not moved into.  These would include business, accounting, nursing, plumbing, electrical, military etc.,(Don't quote me on this, I am just guessing.)  or the family business.  These are areas where high literacy skills are not required and so why should parents spend their precious time trying to educate their children.  From my personal experience most graduate students in science and engineering can barely speak a sentence in english now.  It is not deemed important by the powers that be.  (Those powers being the ones who provide them with temporary employment after graduation.)  Just a few thoughts, any comments?

1 Comments:

At 12/19/2005 7:12 AM, Blogger The Old Hippie said...

In the 80s the Regan administration cut huge chunks of funding for education, business schools were removed from the Arts & Sciences core to their own campuses, like the professional graduate schools of medicine, dentistry, law, etc., (business students had no business learning anything other than maximizing the bottom line.)  An educated populace was a troublesome one, as the 60s-70s proved - Cut their knowledge, and the easier it is to control the populace's ignorance to maximize profits, and to manipulate them against themselves.  As history as now proved, they were correct.

They "appear" to be incompetent, but they have successfully stolen all of the trillions of dollars out of our national treasury, funneled it all into their very few pockets, and have successfully completed a total "corporatist" take-over of the American Constitutional Democracy governmental structures, successfully rewritten almost all of federal regulatory laws to protect themselves from the masses, successfully consolidated and took-over control of the nation's media, to the point that now only six corporations, (which all openly share many of their board members, not only among the media corporations, but also with the defense, pharmacological, ag-chem, and extraction corporations,) just six corporations, (and "friends",) control 95% of this nation's media, they completed/"won" three national elections that were obviously corrupted by criminally manipulated corporatist voting machines, (whose use is increasing across the nation,) and have successfully gone global with their resource-wars-for-profit.  And they did all of it without any real American protest or revolt.

Incompetent?  I don't think so.  Even with the coming few scapegoat convictions, does anyone believe any of the monies will be returned?  Do you really think they care that you care?

And a very large reason for their "success?"  "...average literacy of college educated Americans declined significantly from 1992 to 2003, but it also reveals that just 25 percent of college graduates and only 31 percent of those with at least some graduate studies scored high enough on the tests to be deemed proficient from a literacy standpoint, which the government defines as using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." - Because Americans on the whole are less knowledgeable - On purpose.  And "the very few" couldn't be happier about it.

 

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