Friday, November 30, 2007

Sliping down the charts

Sadly it gets almost boringly repetitive positing up links to news stories about the dire state of reading amongst British children but here is another. According to the global literacy league rankings England has sliped down to 19th position from a previous position of third because of the poor literacy levels among children.

"A generation of 10-year-olds are losing confidence in books, spending fewer hours a week reading at home and enjoying it less than five years ago..."

That was an excerpt from the article in The Guardian that made depressing reading - if of course you read it at all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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