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    Filed at 1:42 pm under by dcobranchi

    that Jesus was a Republican.

    That’s what this column that Izzy found says, anyway.

    7 Responses to “MY PASTOR NEVER TOLD ME”


    Comment by
    Laura
    June 26th, 2004
    at 4:33 pm

    Maybe the writer was tired of those “Jesus Was Not A Conservative” bumper stickers. I know I am.

    I couldn’t read through the whole article, though, because the long string of short sentences annoys me. There are columnists in our local paper who write like that, and I always think they’re writing for third-graders.


    Comment by
    DeeJay
    June 26th, 2004
    at 5:41 pm

    Many are writing that way, because today’s parents were yesterday’s students. 🙁


    Comment by
    Laura
    June 26th, 2004
    at 6:59 pm

    Well, I’m yesterday’s student too, and I don’t write like that. I wonder if there’s a school of thought that it’s more emotionally persuasive or something.


    Comment by
    Chris
    June 26th, 2004
    at 7:59 pm

    I think newspaper writers are trained to write to an 8th grade level.


    Comment by
    DeeJay
    June 26th, 2004
    at 8:32 pm

    It’s because about half have poor literacy skills.

    The National Adult Literacy Survey, 21 to 23% – or some 40 to 44 million of the 191 million adults in the United States – demonstrated skills in the lowest level of prose, document, and quantitative literacy proficiencies (NALS literacy Level 1). For example, they were able to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place of a meeting on a form, and identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article. Others were unable to perform these types of tasks, and some had such limited skills that they were unable to respond to much of the survey.

    25 to 28% of NALS respondents, representing about 50 million adults nationwide, demonstrated skills in proficiency Level 2 on each of the literacy scales. For example, adults in this level were able to calculate the cost of a purchase or determine the difference between two items. They could also locate a particular intersection on a street map and enter background information on a simple form.

    Nearly one-third of NALS respondents, or about 61 million adults nationwide, demonstrated performance in Level 3 on each of the literacy scales. Respondents performing in this level were able to integrate information from relatively long or dense text or from documents, to determine appropriate arithmetic operation based on information contained in the directive, and to identify the quantities needed to perform the operation.

    18 to 21% of NALS respondents, or 34 to 40 million adults, performed in the two highest levels of prose, document, and quantitative literacy (Levels 4 and 5). These adults demonstrated proficiencies associated with the most challenging tasks in this assessment, many of which involved long and complex documents and text passages


    Comment by
    BarbK
    June 27th, 2004
    at 6:00 pm

    Actually, I think the average newspaper is written at the 6th grade level, and it’s intentional. They are quite aware of the limitations of their readership.


    Comment by
    MYSTIC
    June 28th, 2004
    at 8:04 pm

    Reading more advanced levels of writing actually increases the reader’s own reading and writing levels. It’s quite natural. So if the newspaper journalists wrote at a tenth grade level, the readers would learn to read at a tenth grade level. It seems silly that the newspaper reporters have to dumb themselves down for the readers. That only continues to dumb down society.