While one can occasionally distress upon reading that the ' working' level of the US Navy is set at a Grade 4 level [ some instruction manuals are set up in ' illustrated format ' [ i.e. comic books ].. one does not expect to hear that the bastion of higher education and the aspiring of should be besmirched in the Mother country.. Have Oxford and Cambridge and all the little establishments along the line failed? Has the government ruinned the education system in the homeland? to quote the Independent on Sunday: Millions of British adults have such poor reading skills that they will struggle to keep up with karaoke lyrics at Christmas time..a government study has found...research for the department of Education's Get On campaign found classic [ sic ] songs like Frank Sinatra's " New York, New York " require the reading skills of an 11 year old and that this ' skill' is lacking in more than 5.2 million adult Brits!!!! the horror!!