The BBC has a worrying report on levels of literacy in the UK
Bedtime stories are proving a struggle for many parents who are not confident readers, says a survey from adult learning agency Learndirect.
More than 10% of the 1,000 parents asked had struggled to understand some words in the stories they had read to their five to 10-year-old children.
One in ten parents if having trouble reading stories aimed at five to ten-year-olds. Not reading a broadsheet newspaper or government forms (both of which would be worrying but not entirely surprising) but reading children’s stories.
The survey comes from Learn Direct who obviously have an agenda here as they sell adult literacy courses. But if you think about the people who you come into contact with in your day to day life then you’ll know that they’re really aren’t exaggerating the problem.
Depressingly they also say
Even more parents – a third – struggled with their children’s maths homework.
The last two paragraphs in the BBC report sum up the report’s findings and, handily, demonstrate the problem
The report said that five million adults lacked functional literacy and more than 17 million had difficulties with numbers.
More than one in six youngsters left school unable to read, write or add up properly, said the report.
It’s not exactly illiterate, but it could have been phrased a lot more elegantly.