We’re No. 17!

Canada claimed the 17th spot out of 23 nations rated in the literacy and numeracy rankings published by the OECD.

Literacy and numeracy rankings by OECD

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Those U.S. literacy numbers look a bit… ummm… spooky?
    38% of our 16-19 year old population in the US are numerically ILLETERATE?

    • I do not want that Bagel.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Just brush it off. It will be fine.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Only if that was Elizabeth Shue.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            If only “Adventures in Babysitting” had nude scenes.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’ve always felt it was a shame they shot that movie in cold weather.

          • Ms. Shue!

        • Bataviawillem

          But, it was there longer than 5 seconds.

    • Alain

      Same in Canada.

    • Brett_McS

      Hey, aren’t those Donald Trump’s poll numbers? 😉

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Yeah, Brett, 38% of 16-19 year olds are going to put Trump over the top.

        • Brett_McS

          Vote early, vote often!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’m more worried about the Democrat graveyard vote.

          • Brett_McS

            It’s an under-rated demographic.

          • dance…dancetotheradio


      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Look me up after Iowa.
        It will either be the best or worst day of our political lives.
        Besides, don’t you want to build the wall and deport millions of illegals?

        • Brett_McS

          As Ann Coulter says it’s the only issue that matters. I hope Trump will do it, but I have a bad feeling about Mr Mercurial.

  • simus1

    Don’t believe most of it.
    Places like Korea and Japan would be tops (even if they didn’t cheat on it which they most likely did anyway).

    • Kids in Korea work, hence the scores.

      • Alain

        Same in Japan.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You’re both right.
        Korean kids work hard AND they cheat hard.
        That’s a good work ethic in my book!
        Go Korea!

        I also read that if you just take just the middle class white kids in America and screen out all immigrants, Hispanics, and blacks, our average almost equals Finland in mathematics. A lot of it has to do with what kind of sh*t heads you were dealt as parents.
        Dumb uneducated parents, dumb uneducated kids.

        • When I taught in South Korea, this cheating you spoke of never happened under my watch.

          The truth is there is a work ethic and a value placed upon education even if it is often skewed.

          If Asian kids exhibit signs of rote learning and less innovation, what does it say of Canadian or American schoolkids who follow the unionised leader?

          Educated parents have educated kids.

          However, even blue-collar, semi-literate parents understood the value of education back in the day and pushed their kids towards greater things. Now, everybody gets a ribbon, deserved or not, so why make the kids try at all?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I don’t really have an opinion either way, but going off what both my kids told me about their high schools that had a HEAVY Asian presence (of Asians that had some money), the cheating was endemic, and broke down sharply along nationalist lines. The Chinese would only cheat with the other Chinese, the Vietnamese with other Vietnamese, Koreans with Koreans… etc.

            Most of the Asian parents would hire outside tutors and it was usually the tutors that facilitated much of the cheating.

          • Cheating with other nationalities is just not the done thing!

      • Waffle
  • Ed

    We need to sink down to the average. Nothing else will do. Just who the hell do we think we are imagining we belong “at the top?” A white privilege conceit if there ever was one.

  • I have seen it. Teachers in my family have seen it.

    Everyone, get seed potatoes and powdered Gatorade. The apocalypse is going to be… stupid.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It had better come with pictograms and video instructions too.

  • canminuteman

    I bet there is a very good correlation between how multiculteral they are and how illiterate and inumerate they are.

    • Alain

      I would say the difference is between countries that have embraced cultural marxism, multiculturalism being only one tenet, and countries that have not.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Don’t worry, literacy will soon be a capital crime in most EU states soon. In sh’allah

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It will be as “square” as cursive writing.
      And what is it with blacks and cursive writing?
      I have some early twenty something kids in my computer sci classes that can’t read nor write cursive.
      It like some kind of ‘white people code’.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I thought computer science was racist.

      • Waffle

        Who needs cursive when you can Tweet with your thumbs?

      • I know cursive.

        Like “hell” and “damn”….

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I don’t know how old you are, and I like to think that I’m not THAT old, but when I was in elementary school (K-6 in my school district), if you said either of those words, you went to the office.

          If you said anything worse, in class, you got the paddle.

          • I remember one boy deliberately said something naughty and it shook the class to the core.

  • Edubeat

    Got a case right now of a teacher in Peel who teaches one of my tutees. Teaching assignment to teach math and english. Seven weeks now grade 8’s have had no math. I’ve seen all the assignments. All social justice gibberish. No basics. Teacher is an ETFO activist. Can you guess the outcome

    • dukestreet

      it’s not just in Peel. I’ve been seeing this social justice nonsense everywhere I check out what kids are doing in school. Every subject is ” if you had 3 plastic bottles, 2 meat trays & 4 magazines. What bin would thy belong in the recycling? That’s a math question, in case i†’s not clear.

    • canminuteman

      I keep a close eye on what my kids get up to at school and I think at this point (grades 5 and 7), they are still getting a fairly decent education. We are in Durham region.

  • Brett_McS

    I’m surprised that Germany is so low. Maybe it’s the rapefugee demographic again.