Thursday, January 19, 2006

Education

Via Associated Press, Most college students lack common literacy skills

More than 50 percent of students at four-year schools and more than 75 percent at two-year colleges lacked the skills to perform complex literacy tasks.

That means they could not interpret a table about exercise and blood pressure, understand the arguments of newspaper editorials, compare credit card offers with different interest rates and annual fees or summarize results of a survey about parental involvement in school.

This is in America, no less. We shudder to imagine how terrible the standards are in Indian, particularly rural, colleges?

2 comments:

indianpatriot said...

Average Indian college graduate is much smarter than his american counterpart in reading and maths. Most of indian kids memorize tables by 2nd standard while American Kids take calculators at first instance. I am telling this with my personal experience with 2 school going kids in America. Donot take offense. Indian education system has many good points and mathematics is definitely one.

Primary Red said...

Having been educated in India ourselves, and seen many rural college graduates up close, we are not as sanguine about the observation you make.

But we hope you are right.

Best regards.

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