ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Decline of Reading Comprehension.

Updated on January 12, 2016

The so-called anti-government activists in Oregon posit the federal government's ownership of public lands, hence the term public, is Unconstitutional. Of course, their argument, if nothing else, is utter nonsense, for the authors of the document were clear that the government would control public lands. These protesters want to seem they're for egalitarianism, but they're certainly not, far from it. Their aims are selfish and narrow. However, their misreading of the Constitution is quite common. Reading comprehension, I have you, is not many Americans' strength (although being able to take endless pictures of meals has become a banal skill today).

I experienced this as well. A few people argued how the draft wasn't banned but discontinued. I don't mind their saying it's discontinued, though I don’t agree for reasons I’ll share in a moment. First, they said if the draft were banned, then it can't be reinstated, which is, again, gibberish. Banning a policy or law doesn't mean it can't be reinstated. In fact, the Selective Service Act of 1948 expired in 1973, and since you can't discontinued something that doesn't exist, the draft couldn’t have been discontinued, but it is unlawful now, hence banned. They even believed the draft was mentioned in the Constitution, and when they cited the article, they don’t even know that the article from which they’re basing their arguments on doesn’t even support their opinions. The authors never considered a national draft. How could they? They were concerned, however, with funding an army, not drafting men. If the draft was already in the Constitution, then Selective Service Acts were unnecessary, correct? A brief but meticulous reading could had cleared any misunderstanding.

Reading comprehension, like speaking Latin, is becoming a lost skill. To accommodate many Americans, as the protesters, we need to dumb down the Constitution. It might be, for all sake and purposes, too convoluted for average readers. Experts say that the Constitution was written on a college or graduate level, and the average reading level, according to experts, in the country is between 7thor 9th grade. No wonder why the document is so often clumsily misinterpreted.

Perhaps we need a panel of celebrities to reword the Constitution in today's sophomoric jargon. It will be epic, rivaling the Vulgate, perhaps. Yeah, instead of " We the People", the revered document would read in today's argot, " Hey, What's Up? You got rights now. That’s hot!"


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)