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Illiteracy and High School Students

PoeJoe
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10/28/2009 6:58:50 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I don't know. But I suspect she knows how to write properly. She is just used to another dialect of English. For her, writing on the Internet makes her default to this other dialect.

I consider myself literate. Yet, when I am IMing certain friends of mine, I too default to this Internet dialect. It's not because I'm stupid. It's just that that's how teenagers talk on the Internet. Lol. :D
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Danielle
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11/13/2009 9:20:21 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/28/2009 6:58:50 AM, PoeJoe wrote:
I don't know. But I suspect she knows how to write properly. She is just used to another dialect of English. For her, writing on the Internet makes her default to this other dialect.

I consider myself literate. Yet, when I am IMing certain friends of mine, I too default to this Internet dialect. It's not because I'm stupid. It's just that that's how teenagers talk on the Internet. Lol. :D

You, sure. But you'd be surprised at how many high-schoolers do not have sufficient reading proficiency. In urban areas especially, most 10th graders retain a 4th grade reading comprehension level at best. The fact that one of our country's most prestigious newspapers, the New York Times, is merely at a 5th grade reading level suggests that we really have a declining interest in language arts if not literacy alone.
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11/13/2009 4:31:06 PM
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My question is - Why can a nation as advanced as America be unable to read. Granted it is a minority, but it's ridiculous to me.
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Danielle
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11/13/2009 8:14:25 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 11/13/2009 4:31:06 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
My question is - Why can a nation as advanced as America be unable to read. Granted it is a minority, but it's ridiculous to me.

People can READ but comprehension is another story. So are things like knowing proper spelling and grammar.
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11/13/2009 8:28:30 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
One good example is the interpretations of the 2nd amendment some people come up with. : )
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

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11/13/2009 8:54:26 PM
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At 11/13/2009 4:31:06 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
My question is - Why can a nation as advanced as America be unable to read. Granted it is a minority, but it's ridiculous to me.

What is it that you have against beer exactly??
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

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11/13/2009 9:41:04 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 11/13/2009 8:54:26 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 11/13/2009 4:31:06 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
My question is - Why can a nation as advanced as America be unable to read. Granted it is a minority, but it's ridiculous to me.

What is it that you have against beer exactly??

Self-hating Irishmen are funny, indeed.
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11/14/2009 1:14:47 AM
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At 11/13/2009 9:20:21 AM, theLwerd wrote:
The fact that one of our country's most prestigious newspapers, the New York Times, is merely at a 5th grade reading level suggests that we really have a declining interest in language arts if not literacy alone.

What would you prefer it be, something only the very educated can understand?
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