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Thumbs Up to Functional Illiteracy


The IR continued its hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and deep analysis of the issues with this week’s “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” editorial. Among the four topics covered in the space of good paragraph was this gem:

Thumbs down to the results of a study that found most college students nearing a diploma are unable to handle many complex but common tasks, such as understanding credit card offers or comparing the cost per ounce of food. The worst news of all? More than 50 percent of soon-to-graduate students at four-year schools and more than 75 percent at two-year colleges lacked the skill to understand the arguments of newspaper editorials.

Can’t. Stop. Laughing. I think I am suffering an Ironyache.


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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