Functional illiteracy crisis




Commentary Bill Bryson states in his iconic travelogue about Britain, a memo from a small island, that almost all tourist leaflets are “disgustingly illiterate, especially with regard to punctuation.” I will. Ironically, he promises, “If you see another tourist leaflet that says’England’s Greatest’or’Britine’s Greatest’, go to that place and light it.” Bryson’s book was published in 1995. Since then, anecdotal evidence and statistical research have revealed that literacy issues have continued in Australia as well as in the United Kingdom. The existence of these issues was developed after Bryson wrote his book. In fact, looking at the email messages sent by students to their classmates and teachers can easily reveal the scope of the problem. Many email messages do not start with proper salute. Abandoned 19th century …

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