πŸ“‘ Why Learn to Read?

Bookmarked Why Learn to Read? (daily.jstor.org)

The value placed on literacy has changed over time, shifting from a nineteenth-century moral imperative to a twentieth-century production necessity.

Deborah Brandt explains that learning to read has meant many things over time.

β€œLiteracy was irrevocably transformed from a nineteenth-century moral imperative into a twentieth-century production imperative,” Brandt concludes, β€œTransformed from an attribute of a β€˜good’ individual into an individual β€˜good.’”

This reminds me of Doug Belshaw’s work on digital literacies and how what this means can vary.

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