In an international study of reading literacy conducted in the early 1990s, Finland came in first among both 9- and 14-year-olds. (US 9-year-olds came in second.) One explanation I heard for their strong standing was the fact that Finland has (or at least had at the time) no Finnish-language television; kids learned to read by watching close-captioned television.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Hey here’s an idea. A commenter at Eric Alterman’s blog Altercation says,