Monday, March 14, 2011
So a school has raised the literacy rates amongst its boys by the use of blogging, from single figures on tests to over 60%.
This may not be the educational Golden Bullet but it is clearly an avenue worth exploring in inculcating an interest in literacy amongst that most recalcitrant of audiences, young males.
Prisoners are, I keep being told, famously illiterate. And I recall a handful of people defending my initial foray into blogging on rehabilitative grounds. Hmmm, is it too great a leap to connect these two points?
If illiterate prisoners are more likely to re-offend (a standard claim), largely due to an inability to gain employment, then should prisons not note this startling educational news? And finally - finally! - begin to turn the attention of the managerial neuron to the rehabilitative possibilities of the Net?