Special Blog Edition for Fourth Graders*

See Jimmy. See Jimmy stare at blank screen for two hours. See Jimmy finally write his blog.

See Mary. See Mary read Jimmy’s blog. See Mary fall asleep.

See Pat. See Pat like Jimmy’s blog. See Jimmy’s total likes for his blog posts usually equal one.

See Jimmy’s subscribers. See Jimmy whine about how few subscribers he has.

See some hot topic. See Jimmy write about it six months later, when no one cares anymore.

See the pictures on Jimmy’s blog. See those same pictures somewhere else on the Internet. See Jimmy’s web site shutdown for copyright violation.

See Jimmy’s blog. See Jimmy’s blog contribute to the decline in literacy in the United States. See Jimmy not care. See Jimmy say, “The blog must go on.”

See Jimmy realize that most of his blogs are written at the same level as this post.

*The results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, an assessment given to fourth-graders in schools around the world every five years, show that the average score in the United States dropped to 549 out of 1,000 in 2016, compared to 556 in 2011. The country’s ranking fell from fifth in the world in 2011 to 13th, with 12 education systems outscoring the United States by statistically significant margins. Three other countries roughly tied with the United States; they  scored higher, but the differences were not ­notable.

I wrote this blog in honor of these fourth graders…


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