What's this going on about? I bet it was made by some dumb American kid who thinks Americas the best country in the world and that they are always right! Every child by the age of 10 can read and write just fine. Need more words, one two three bye!
If the national curriculum isn't doing its job, then pupils will not learn how to read and write. It's simple. It's a combination of the curriculum, the teachers, and the parents themselves to make sure their child is literate. But the curriculum is the core part of this - without a curriculum, you can't teach. So if children are failing to learn to read and write, it's ultimately down to the curriculum.
The low English literacy of young youth sounds like a fundamental flaw that isn't efficiently teaching our children. Times change and so do the ways we have to teach the newest generation, what worked 15 years ago may not work now and that is a problem with the school system. The curriculum needs to adapt to the needs of the children not set to some type of standard that teachers feel would be best for the students.
The national curriculum doesn't always allow for teachers to teach to their students' needs. Instead of being able to meet a student who is struggling or provide challenges to students who need more work, they must constantly prep for standardized tests. They are given a set curriculum for students with diverse needs and interests.
Everyone I know has great literacy skills- just because some people are illiterate it doesn't mean the whole youth is illiterate. The majority of people I know can read and write just fine. The people who can't either have a disability or don't put any effort into school- the latter being the majority of these people.
When problem comes, people have a tend to blame on the outside factors, like students always try to find excuse for not hand-on the homework on time. The fact is they don't try hard. To be true, there are way much more distractions than before, e.g. compute games, smart phones, exciting entertainment. But it should be the excuse for not working hard. On the other hand, parents also contribute to a low level of literacy. For example, some parents hold the opinion that the youth should develop their interest at young age and be zero-tolerated with the any push from school or education system. It is hard to say whether such thought will finally contribute to the final success of their child, but it surly will make a low literacy among the youth. As the saying goes, no pains, no gains. No hard working, no scores.
Many things can contribute to a low level of literacy, it's too easy to blame it one thing like the national curriculum. In order to have high literacy levels, children need parents who are involved, teachers who are involved, and a government willing to give the funding to schools that children need to thrive.