chapter  6
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Language and Literacy

Suppose a national polling organization were to pose this question about education: “What is the single most important reason that young children should attend school to be educated?” Then suppose we could take this question back through generations and centuries. It is highly likely that across the ages a single answer would stand out: “They need to learn to read and write. Especially read.” Although the reasons for learning to read and write have been different for different generations, this accomplishment has long had such importance in the minds of adults that obsession has sometimes outweighed reason in the quest for the perfect literacy education.