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One local newspaper tweeted:

Here is an excerpt of the article:

…as recently as 2000, 45 per cent of the resident workforce had below secondary school education, and only 12 per cent had university education. Today, those with less than secondary school education has fallen below 30 per cent, and the proportion of university degree holders has more than doubled to nearly 30 per cent.

This is my reaction: Having a degree does not make you educated.

Another paper tweeted:

Here is an excerpt of the article:

The test, sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, evaluated pupils’ reading and comprehension skills, such as connecting pieces of information, and making inferences from texts. Pupils were given two reading passages – narrative fiction as well as information-based texts such as news articles – and had to answer multiple-choice and written-response questions.

This is my reaction: Being able to decipher or make inferences from text on any medium does not make you sufficiently literate.

After a hiatus from 9gag, I found a bit of time over the last weekend to get a quick update on Internet memes.

Digging in the mud, I found a pearl attributed to the late George Carlin. He supposedly said:

Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.

If there is anything different about being literate today, it might be this: Reading not just to understand and process, but also to critique and reprocess.

And that is why I am still looking for evidence that Carlin actually said those words with the help of reverse image searches.

Addendum (2 May 2013): Thanks to a colleague of mine (shout out to Eric Bonneau!), here are Carlin’s own words in a YouTube video (strong language):

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