Saturday, January 21, 2006
The Associated Press recently reported that "[m]ore than half of students at four-year colleges - and at least 75 percent at two-year colleges - lack the literacy to handle complex, real-life tasks such as understanding credit card offers . . . . "
The literacy study was funded by Pew Charitable trusts; it also found that "[m]ost students at community colleges and four-year schools showed intermediate skills. That means they can do moderately challenging tasks, such as identifying a location on a map."
The idea that college graduates may find it challenging to analyze an editorial or identify a location on a map is terrifying and suggests major challenges as these students arrive in law schools.