A Lesson for Teachers
Almost one million Scots are unable to read and write properly, according to an influential group of educationalists who have called for an overhaul of the country’s approach to literacy.
According to the Literacy Commission — which also includes business leaders and the novelist Ian Rankin — about a fifth of adults do not have the literacy skills they need for their daily lives. The group has also warned that about 13,000 pupils leave primary school every year without reaching even basic levels.
The Victorians had higher rates of literacy (exceptions for remote highlanders and girls who weren't educated at all) so a century of failure from the experts then.