The reading skills of American adults are significantly lower than those of adults in most other developed countries, according to a new international survey. What’s more, over the last two decades Americans’ reading proficiency has declined across most age groups, and has only improved significantly for 65-year-olds.
It's not just reading, though. Another of the three Rs, arithmetic, is taking its hits, too. The third R, writing, is probably in decline as well. Actually, the fact that we call reading, writing, and arithmetic the three Rs might be part of the problem.
Can we admit that there's an education crisis in America, now? And can we also admit that charter schools aren't going to solve the problem?