Friday, May 13, 2005

Liberal rule = no smarter Canadian s

Another reason to turf the Libranos?

From the Globe and Mail:

Despite widespread efforts and millions of dollars, the number of Canadians who cannot meet most everyday reading requirements has not changed in almost 10 years, according to a new study.
In 2003, 42 percent of adult Canadians lacked literacy skills considered necessary to cope in modern society. The percentage was exactly the same in 1994.
“We have no national strategy and I think this shows that there’s a lot at stake and we can’t afford to let it slide any further,” said Wendy DesBrisay, executive director of the Movement for Canadian Literacy.
The report by Statistics Canada and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development links literacy skills with better income, employment and health.
Asked why there was so little change, Lenore Burton, director general of the learning and literacy directorate at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, said: “I can’t answer that question. I don’t know whether anybody can answer that question. We obviously have to put more effort into this. We have to pay a whole lot more attention to this.”

Well, gee, Lenore, you've only had a decade to do something.