Mellinnials lack the skills needed for a productive life

A report  by Educational Testing Service using data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), finds that millennials, those young adults born between 1980-2000, fall behind their international peers in their ability to read and write, they lack math proficiency, and they aren’t very good problem solvers in technical matters.

One central message that emerges from this report is that, despite having the highest levels of educational attainment of any previous American generation, these young adults on average demonstrate relatively weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments compared to their international peers.

This report explores the growing importance of education and skills in the context of the larger technological, economic, social, and political forces that have been reshaping America for the past 40 years. To put it bluntly, we no longer share the growth and prosperity of the nation the way we did in the decades between 1940 and 1980. Since around 1975, those who have acquired the highest levels of education and skills have become the big winners, while those with the lowest levels of education and skills have fared the worst. Millions of hard-working Americans who believed they were strongly anchored in the middle class have fallen into joblessness and economic insecurity. 

The findings also offer a clear caution to anyone who believes that our policies around education should focus primarily on years of schooling or trusts that the conferring of credentials and certificates alone is enough. [T]his report suggests that far too many are graduating high school and completing postsecondary educational programs without receiving adequate skills. How can we ensure that students earning a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree acquire the necessary skills to fully participate in our society?

None of this will be surprising to anyone who understands and acknowledges the destructive force of unchecked liberalism in public school education. When liberal Democrats have total control and dominance over any institution they systematically destroy it, whether it be cities like Detroit or the public school system in America.

A college degree in the soft majors that liberals have put in place, such as womens’ studies, black studies, queer studies, and all other forms of so-called “critical studies” have cost college students and their parents huge sums of money for something that is essentially worthless. I guess that’s why so many millennials say they like socialism but when you ask them to define socialism they cannot give a coherent answer and often give a description of something that more resembles capitalism.

If the ETS report has focused on graduates with degrees in STEM* courses they probably would have gotten vastly different results.

See also: Millennials Really Are Who We Think They Are and The baffling reason many millennials don’t eat cereal

*science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.




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