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January 28, 2006

declining literacy?

Read Hanson & Maxcy's excerpt of Lazarsfeld & Merton (1948) this morning for CMN455, and noted this critique as relevant to COM375: "Large numbers of people have acquired what might be termed 'formal literacy,' that is to say, a capacity to read, to grasp crude and superficial meanings, and a correlative incapacity for full understanding of what they read. There has developed, in short, a marked gap between literacy and comprehension. People read more but understand less. More people read but proportionately fewer critically assimilate what they read."

I'm considering this in combination with the Preface to How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, (critiqued here by a member of the Parapsychological Association).

There is nothing harder than to critique your own thinking. My own thinking!

Posted by Steph at January 28, 2006 12:00 PM


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