We Don't Need No Education: Children Woefully Ignorant Of Characters In Literature
Via the Daily Mail:
Whenever the public is polled in general knowledge questions, we see the depressing statistics and collectively shake our heads, secretly hoping the piece is a misconstrued Onion article. (My favorite stat: 37% of Americans unable to locate America on map of America.) As it turns out, our general ignorance is being transferred to our kids.
In a recent study conducted by Worcester University, only half of all kids polled had heard of Harry Potter, and even less—a quarter of 7 to 14-year-olds—had discovered him through reading, suggesting traditional children’s characters are quickly forgotten in an age of TV and video game entertainment. Keep in mind that this poll was conducted in England, where Harry Potter seems to be a national figure on par with the Queen.
The study is replete with depressing statistics, demonstrating kids and their hilarious multiple-choice failures, such as a fifth of children questioned thought Aslan—the lion hero of The Chronicles Of Narinia series—was a giraffe, and the same proportion said he was a bear. A quarter would have been surprised to find themselves in Narnia after walking through the wardrobe, with 17% saying the dresser led to the Secret Garden and 8% were convinced it ended up in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
To be fair, the survey only polled 500 children, but it does paint a grim picture for the future of literature.
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