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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 14, 2013 / 10 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

American adults lack life skills, tests indicate

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have just picked up (dropped) the 882-page report on a comparison of adult math and technical and workplace skills around the world. Fellow American adults, we are in trouble.

This voluminous new report (I counted the number of pages just to make certain I could, but gave up tabulating the immense number of graphs, charts and tables and superabundancy of acronyms) says that we Americans lag behind much of the rest of the developed world's adults when it comes to things such as deciding which muscles will benefit the most if you use the gym bench or knowing how to access and delete your email.

This was the first computerized large-scale assessment of adult skills assessed over a period of years and designed to reflect the changing nature of information, its role in society and its impact on people's lives.

The testing of more than 150,000 of people from ages 16 to 65 in 24 countries was done by the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Sadly, we can't discount the scores by knocking the institution that brought us this gift; it is highly respected.

First the bad news. In literacy achievement level skills, the United States scored below the international average. We were topped, in order of scores, by Japan, Finland, Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Canada, Korea, United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany.

Now for more bad news. As for proficiency with numbers, we ranked behind Japan, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Slovak Republic, Czech Republican, Austria, Estonia, Germany, Russian Federation, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Korea, United Kingdom, Poland, Ireland and France.



In Italy and Spain, more than one out of 20 people perform at the lowest levels of competency. In most countries, it is one out of 10. In the United States, older people are about average in math but those between 16 and 20 are at the bottom. Korea is one of the worst for 50-to-60-year-olds but one of the best for teens. In Japan and Finland, one out of every five people performs at the highest level.

I know what you are asking about a test that took about 2 1/2 hours. What skills were examined? The list is formidable. Here are just a few life skills people were tested on: returning a lamp, buying orchestra tickets, preparing party invitations, booking accommodations, determining eligibility for club president, hitting "Reply All," knowing what inflation is, determining urban population, reading a gas gauge and an odometer, reading election results, reading a milk label, doing library research, explaining generic medicines, making international calls, deciphering the body-mass index and something about the Baltic Stock Market.

The survey was done before a question could be asked on why the U.S. government has been shut down. But there doesn't seem to be an answer to that question anyway.

The message of the OECD, which plans to continue its surveys, is that learning must not stop when school ends. (It could also be that moms should rule the world.)

The other message is that today's workplace, no matter what country you live in, requires the ability to analyze information, solve problems and work on a team. Life skills such as communicating well and meeting deadlines promptly are more essential than ever.

People who scored poorly on the survey are more likely to be in bad health and be unemployed. But the ranks are large. The report concludes: "Many adults have difficulties coping with literacy and numeracy related demands that are common in modern life and work. Although relative proportions vary, there are significant numbers of adults with low skills in all the countries surveyed."

Personal note: After painstakingly counting the pages in this hefty report, which took a not-inconsiderable amount of time, I discovered that if you look the report up on the Internet, the pages are automatically counted for you. Give me a zero in workplace skills.

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Previously:


10/07/13: Finally sometyhing America is No. 1 in
06/21/13: Obama is guiding us toward a slippery slope in Syria
06/14/13: Summer '13 offers rays of sunshine for Americans
03/13/13: Democratic Party, stuck in a sorry state
03/13/13: In Washington, signs of civility emerge
02/22/13: The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States
02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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