Lots of articles yesterday about teenagers falling behind on their English skills, I’m quoting the Times Oline:

Minister sends for the SAS to lure teenagers from computers to books.

Improvements in school standards have ground to a halt, the Government admitted yesterday as it published test results showing a decline in English and science.

A third of 14-year-old boys failed to meet the lower of two expected standards in English and one in five has not even reached the level of an 11-year-old. Ministers have now missed the targets in the Key Stage 3 tests in English, maths and science that they hoped to have exceeded by last year.

Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, said that teenagers needed to be inspired by action and adventure books by writers such as the former SAS officer Andy McNab and Jeremy Clarkson.

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Teenage ‘boys’ seem to be ‘far worse than girls when it comes to literacy’ btw.. Why is that?? Anyway, it seems McNabs job encouraging reading is not done yet!

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