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ERIC Number: ED260384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-7
Pages: 16
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Literacy: Destiny of the Human Species.
Bhola, H. S.
The biological need to speak a language is joined today with the social necessity to read and write. Literacy may not be in the genes, but it has come to be central to the processes of cultural transformation in all societies--developed or developing. When viewed collectively within an evolutionary perspective, those who are literate are better fit for survival than the illiterate. Literacy is a matter of life and death. Without literacy--the portal to all education--worker-citizens are confined to the lowest rungs of the economy and are consigned to the underclass, doomed to go through life mystified by the structures that oppress them. In the United States alone, there are some 25 million people who cannot read the labels on the things they buy. To combat illiteracy, the governing classes must understand that the allocation of resources to literacy promotion will bring high economic, social and political returns. On the other hand, illiterates must do something for themselves. They need to dream, to commit, to sacrifice, to practice immediate self-denial for later collective good, and to be self-reliant and inventive. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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