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January 3rd, 2008
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What I Learned From the Privilege Meme

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Date:January 4th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Since when is it a 'privilege' for your parents to read stories to you? That's just ridiculous!
That's what I thought, until I moved to a tiny rural town where a small but significant portion of adults are illiterate, and there are houses with no books at all. About half of the 15-year-olds who are employed by the business where I work are extremely reluctant readers and try to look for things by colour or shape, and I know at least one 10-year-old who can't write her own surname, which is not a long or complicated name. People refer to thumbing through a magazine as "reading a book". Some farmers bring documents into my workplace so that we can explain them. Everyone seems to manage numbers and cash well, but reading is seen as difficult and not often very useful.
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