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  • shouvikdatta replied on 9 Sep 2011 at 01:28

    If young British people read less than they did seven years ago, that means that UK literacy is declining absolutely, and not just relatively. Some decline relative to countries in East Asia or Eastern Europe is inevitable, given the educational and economic emergence of these societies. However, if the decline in literacy becomes absolute, this is a cause for concern. The low reading of especially non-academic children, is surely related to the fact that there have never been enough schools in Britain, to cater for children with a vocational, rather than an academic interest. As Robin Davis has argued in his history of British education ("The Grammar School", Robin Davis), British education today remains largely geared towards teaching an academic elite, neglecting other children (especially those with a technical and vocational aptitudes).

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