Read the article: “Americans Don’t Read and its Affecting Our Elections.”

Read the article: “Americans Don’t Read and its Affecting Our Elections.”

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/americans-… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

1. Answer the question asked at the end of the article. Explain your response.

2. Click on the link for the Nation’s Report Card. (The NAEP is given to random samplings of fourth, eighth and twelfth graders across the country, and yearly scores are reported to the public). Make sure that the setting for “Select Jurisdiction” is “Public and Nonpublic Schools.” Make sure that the setting for “Select Result” is “At or Above Proficient.” Describe the data you see for reading, civics, geography, history, and writing.

3. Based on the data you described above, what can you say about the average 18 year old who is fresh out of high school and of legal age to vote?

4. There is an old saying that says, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” What does this saying mean? How is the statistic for NAEP twelfth grade history related to this saying?

5. How could this data signal danger in American politics – for both politicians and the people who vote for them?

6. The article includes a quotation from John Adams who became the second President of the United States. Summarize his ideas about being literate.

7. The article is based upon information from the following short review of a book titled, World Literacy: How Countries Rank and Why it Matters. Read the article here:

http://www.ccsu.edu/wmln/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

What does this author say about nations that don’t take literacy seriously?

8. How should we, as a nation, react to the NAEP data? What changes should be made in schools to correct the problems that this data reveal?

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