“If Exams are Getting Harder Why Are So Many English Graduates Illiterate?” Tutors International Publishes Article About Standards of Literacy in UK Education

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Tutors International today published an article declaiming the inability of the majority of graduates to spell correctly, use grammar appropriately, and construct a compelling CV.

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Being able to use an apostrophe correctly should be second nature.

In an article published on adamcaller.com, the founder of Tutors International, Adam Caller, independent educational consultant and former teacher, declared that most of the graduates he receives job applications from are “illiterate."

Mr Caller’s article[1] comes at a time when the current mood of the UK suggests exams are getting harder, and the Conservative Government is promoting policies to increase the academic rigour of exams, especially those in core subjects like English and Maths.

The Labour party and Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, have declared that they will halt the advance of the current government’s education policy, which includes making exams more difficult [2]. Mr. Caller commented, “This would be a very bad move. Exams need to get tougher, not easier. We’re already seeing a very real and very sharp decline in the academic ability of our nation’s school children, and our graduates becoming less able to compete in the international job market.”

Tutors International places high calibre private tutors with influential families around the world. The candidates’ academic qualifications and school background are required to be of the highest level, and most of the company’s tutors are privately educated, then go on to achieve first class degrees from Oxford, Cambridge or the country’s other top universities.

Mr. Caller states: “I’ve even had English language graduates apply for a job with us who have been unable to determine the difference between ‘to and ‘too’ and ‘your’ and ‘you’re’. How can you even pass an English language exam if you’re unable to spell, use grammar correctly, or construct an argument?”

“Over the years I’ve become increasingly dismayed at the level of graduate our universities turn out,” Mr. Caller continues in the article. “I think schools fail to teach pupils the essentials – correct grammar, spelling, arithmetic, and other building blocks for life-long learning and application. Exams shouldn’t allow children to dodge these – they should be enforcing them from an early age, so that by the time our pupils arrive at university, being able to use an apostrophe correctly is second nature.”

[1] http://adamcaller.com/2014/08/if-exams-are-getting-harder-why-are-so-many-english-graduates-illiterate, 'If exams are getting harder why are so many English graduates illiterate?' Adam Caller, 25 August 2014
[2] http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/11/labour-overturn-gove-a-level-reforms, 'Labour vows to overhaul Michael Gove's A-level reforms' Richard Adams, 11 August 2014

About Tutors International

Tutors International is a worldwide organization providing experienced full-time private tutors to work with children of all ages and nationalities, in a wide variety of situations, including international relocation, after-school support, full-time home tuition, support for AD/HD and dyslexia, home schooling for frequent travellers, and college prep and coaching.

Tutors International was founded by Adam Caller who has tutored students of all ages. He has received specialist training in dyslexia and AD/HD and is very sensitive to children's educational difficulties. He has now turned this expertise to recruiting, training and placing other tutors with HNW and UHNW families around the world. Adam is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

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