Friday, November 14, 2003


Hoist by one's own apostrophe

The first point is that too many Australian's are leaving school without a strong foundation in the basics of reading, writing and numeracy. These skills determine whether someone is able to enter the workforce and stay there over the long haul [and, inter alia, write editorials]. But Australia's school retention rates have flattened out after a period of growth in the 1980s, and we rank a shoddy 21st out of 30 OECD countries for upper secondary qualifications among 25-34 year olds. Not good enough.


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