A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

James Madison speaks smarter than any other president!

A fall from his place of honor has broken Mr. Madison
The Guardian has an interactive article which has graphed all the State of the Union Addresses in order of the reading comprehension of the speech. The lower the number, the lower the reading comprehension needed to understand the speech. The higher the number... The number given relates to the grade level expected to 'get' the material.

Photo of James Madison

The president with the highest score? JAMES MADISON, of course! Now it needs to be said that while Madison's score in 2013 would require a reading level at the post-graduate level, the reality is that the way he wrote was common to his day.

Photo of George H.W. Bush

The President with the lowest score? George Herbert Walker Bush. His State of the Union in 1998 would have been understood at a level my students currenly write and read at.

The gist of the article is that the speeches are getting more and more simple linguistically.

Photo of Barack Obama

Last night's speech? According to the Guardian article, a sophomoric grasp of English would be needed.

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