OMG - wotz de story wit de riten word?
Children must be given chance to explore through reading books
Regardless of one's occupation, it has always been important to be able to read and write competently. This is especially so if you are seeking a job.
Unfortunately, many Irish people appear to have slept their way through their school years and are now at a huge disadvantage when searching for employment.
Basic mental arithmetic seems to be beyond many of our school leavers and one must question why so many youngsters fail to achieve even simple literacy skills.
Maybe our young teachers are not as well schooled as their predecessors.
They certainly don't work the same hours; but then, they probably don't get a lot of assistance from parents, some of whom seem to think that education is solely the job of the schools and who refuse to control hours spent watching TV at home.
In a perfect world all parents would help their children to make a decent effort to learn the essential life skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. In a recent OECD survey of literacy levels among 39 countries, Ireland had slipped in the rankings from fifth place to 17th.
Now while this is just above half way and might seem acceptable to some, the survey disguises the fact that up to a quarter of Irish male school leavers were functionally illiterate.
I saw the proof of this recently while browsing through advertisements on the internet and several times saw the word boat spelt as 'bote'.