There areÂ lots of good, bad, high and low eventsÂ in the 2007 bunch of
cnuts Big Brother inmates.
But the saddest thing by far has been exposed by the requirement that housemates read aloud portions ofÂ text printed on cards.
Sam and Tracey;Â they’re at the lowest end of literacy.
Neither of them is a competent, confident, fluid reader.
They stumble over the simplest words.
They are unable to pronounce common words and phrases.
And this, my friends, is the saddest thing about Big Brother 8.
That our schoolsÂ – and the teachers in those schools and the parents of these children who attend these schoolsÂ – are happy to produce young adults to a standard of education that third-world countries surpased a decade ago.
That’s the really sad thing about Big Brother 8.