Not with a bang but a tweet

Here are some sobering statistics. According to ABC News there are 7 million illiterate Americans. Some 27 million are unable to read well enough to complete a job application and 30 million can't read a simple sentence. Approximately 50 million Americans read at only a fourth or fifth grade level, and a third of the population is illiterate or barely literate. By the way, that number is growing at a rate of 2 million a year. But here's the kicker: a third of all high school graduates never read another book the rest of their lives, and 42 percent of college graduates can make the same claim.
Yet higher education is infatuated with new communications technology. I just ran across a site listing 50 ways to use Twitter in the college classroom. Here are the breathless claims:
The creative ways Twitter users have incorporated microblogging has become inspirational, so the recent trend of using Twitter at college is sure to keep evolving into an ever more impressive tool. Make sure you don’t get left behind by incorporating some of these educational and fun ways that Twitter can be used in the college classroom.
Left behind? Good heavens, I certainly don't want to get left behind in a world where students read, analyze, debate and construct nuanced understandings of complex ideas in more than 160 characters.
O' brave new world.


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