British schools also struggle with ‘the basics’

This blog typically focuses on US schooling but this article from the London Telegraph is a good reminder that education is a tough endeavor everywhere:

Companies are being forced to give teenagers remedial lessons in literacy and numeracy because they leave school with such a poor grasp of the three Rs.

Half of employers said some teenagers were “unable to function in the workplace” claiming they cannot make simple calculations in their heads, speak in an articulate manner or understand written instructions.

In a critical report published today, the Confederation of British Industry says that an obsession with iPods, mobile phones and the internet has boosted the computing skills of the “Generation Text”.

But the improvements have come at the expense of the three Rs as many struggle to read and write properly, it claims.

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