Saturday, April 01, 2006

Searching for Dummies - New York Times

It looks like access to all informtion available at our fingertips isn't enough: we also have to know how to find what we need, and how to interpret it:

Searching for Dummies - New York Times: "In December, the National Center for Education Statistics published a report on adult literacy revealing that the number of college graduates able to interpret complex texts proficiently had dropped since 1992 from 40 percent to 31 percent. As Mark S. Schneider, the center's commissioner of education statistics, put it, 'What's disturbing is that the assessment is not designed to test your understanding of Proust, but to test your ability to read labels.'"


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