Writing a massive wrong
Every business in Australia has evidence that points to a worrying decline in the standards of literacy among our young people.
That evidence is in the form of job application letters, which often indicate extremely weak command of basic written English. Many prospective employees are literally writing off their chances of obtaining work due to lamentable spelling and grammar.
Those low standards evolve from poor instruction, often beginning at very young ages. To address this, federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham believes an “overwhelming case” has been made for literacy and numeracy checks for all Australian schoolchildren — including Year 1 students.
This may seem to some to place significant pressure upon very young students but, if administered properly and with care, any testing should clearly be with an aim for discovery rather than stress or judgment.
“The idea behind these checks is to ensure students don’t slip through the cracks,” Birmingham said.
The success of this initiative will hopefully be seen in future job applications.