Skip to comments.The Country That Stopped Reading
Posted on 06/03/2013 11:26:58 PM PDT by Sheapdog
EARLIER this week, I spotted, among the job listings in the newspaper Reforma, an ad from a restaurant in Mexico City looking to hire dishwashers. The requirement: a secondary school diploma.
Years ago, school was not for everyone. Classrooms were places for discipline, study. Teachers were respected figures. Parents actually gave them permission to punish their children by slapping them or tugging their ears. But at least in those days, schools aimed to offer a more dignified life.
Nowadays more children attend school than ever before, but they learn much less. They learn almost nothing. The proportion of the Mexican population that is literate is going up, but in absolute numbers, there are more illiterate people in Mexico now than there were 12 years ago. Even if baseline literacy, the ability to read a street sign or news bulletin, is rising, the practice of reading an actual book is not. Once a reasonably well-educated country, Mexico took the penultimate spot, out of 108 countries, in a Unesco assessment of reading habits a few years ago.
One cannot help but ask the Mexican educational system, How is it possible that I hand over a child for six hours every day, five days a week, and you give me back someone who is basically illiterate?
Despite recent gains in industrial development and increasing numbers of engineering graduates, Mexico is floundering socially, politically and economically because so many of its citizens do not read. Upon taking office in December, our new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, immediately announced a program to improve education. This is typical. All presidents do this upon taking office.
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Scary. Children also do not learn self-control, and deportment, in schools. They are not encouraged to speak and act well - this disadvantages them for life.
[[The Country That Stopped Reading]]
I’m sorry, coudl you read this thread to me?
I can’t believe that that union leader was able to get away with this for so long. She has ruined the education of an entire generation.
Are US schools really much better than Mexico schools?
Can’t confirm this but I know I saw years a go that even in Texas textbooks used that are written in Spanish are produced by Mexico and therefore teach history and other subjects with Anti US bias so evident in Mexico. Pathetic, the least we could do is translate an existing American textbook - but then the anti American anti white bias - well wouldn’t amount to much difference anyway. This way we are doing are part to help needy people like Mexican union leaders.
We don’t need no boats or planes!
We’re coming to America!
We can’t read or write our names!
We’re coming to America!
If they hadn’t identified the country, it could easily have been about the US.
Homeschool children will rise up and take the leadership roles in this country....
My grandson (9) was teaching himself by ear...mindnight sonata...on his keyboard last night...
rise up and take them
because the dumbed down sheeple ain’t going to elect them
Don’t let the source fool you. This article is worth reading. The author is NOT on the Times’ staff.
And the progressive agenda continues to advance world-wide: It has taken them only 50 years to completely dismantle the foundations of western civilization.
Leviathan is very near now, and, as history has shown again and again, when completely empowered, will bring human enslavement, the loss of reason, poverty, misery, and killing on a mass scale. (For proof one need only read Loomis’ “Paris In the Terror”, or “Gulag Archipelago” by Solchenitzen or “Night” by Wiesel.
These illiterate Marxians from Mexico and S.America and other third world parasitic countries are the precious voters/workers that the R & D Rats and the low wage employers want dull Rubio and evil Schumer want to allow into our country!
I thought this was a story about the U.S. and why people stopped reading U.S. Newspapers because their article are slanted to the Left, in the extreme.
One on the students lamented the existence of a library in the school because it was absolutely useless - a call of "who reads anyway", was met with hoots and howls of agreement - and the library would be better used as a hallway.
The answer to your question is somewhat nebulous because most American schools have a large Mexican component that must be accommodated.
There was another article last year lamenting the fact that there aren’t many book stores left in Mexico as they can’t remain profitable. Another region of the world where many aren’t literate and where very few books outside of government propaganda are turned out of a printing press is surprise - the Middle East. Also extremely depressing stats.
I’ve also overheard more than one young person - of numerous diverse backgrounds state with pride that they don’t care about history or anything from the past - it’s all irrelevant nonsense to them; and the other line is “who reads nowadays!” as if it’s only ignorant people with too much time on their hands. I’ve also had a number of liberal people tell me I can’t think for myself as all I can do is parrot other people’s ideas I read. These people often have never read a book and of course their ideas are all original and they are brilliant.