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    I learned to read (well), because reading is fun and I'm a process-oriented person. Otherwise, my reading skills would be about as good as my foreign language skills...and the only thing I remember from my Spanish classes is that el clase es muy abburido (sp). I learned to read remedially because of parental and societal socialization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    Literacy is mostly a 20th century thing. And you have so many forums of literacy like cultural literacy, technological literacy, media literacy, etc. Information is at such a high turnover rate (what you knew five years ago to be true may be disproven today) that being contemporarily literate is willingness to constantly be learning. Being able to read is just the minimum. Reading comprehension, critical reading and thinking skills are so important know because of the sheer volume of information we have to sort through.

    Three hundred years ago being able to read was a sign of your socioeconomic status in America. Most people didn't need to know how to read because knowing how wasn't a requirement for most daily activities although it's always been a bonus. We all know knowledge is power. Denying people the privilege of literacy is a denial of the most basic tools of empowerment. When people get education and are aware of their rights they know how to fight back.

    Why I learned to read? Because I had too. I actually liked reading though so just because it was compulsory before doesn't mean it can't evolve to something else. Being illiterate today is consignment to a life of mental and physical poverty. Although I guess it depends on your culture because some cultures have very rich oral, pictorial, craft traditions. Knowledge is transmitted in those forms so reading isn't as necessary. So I guess it basically depends on how literacy is defined in your culture. If you live in a culture that is highly dependent of knowledge being transmitted in written form (e.g. right now communicating on this forum) and being deemed an intelligent person is contingent upon the fact that you know how to read, then reading is fundamental.
    Would you have learned to read if it wasn't compulsory?
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    Reading is pretty necissary if you want to do much in society- from getting a job, getting a drivers license, reading the bus schedule or figuring out how to prepare what you bought from the grociery store. Unless you have someone going around with you reading everything outloud for you, your SOL if you can't read.

    I learned to read for the same reason YLJ did- I wanted to hear what was in the book but my parents lost the patience in reading everything that I wanted to hear, so they taught me to read (my mom is an elementary school teacher- that came in useful!)
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    Why? Most people don't choose to learn to read themselves. It's a decision that's made on their behalf when they're young because of tradition, necessity (it's usefulness), peer pressure, and I'd imagine because it serves as a vehicle for parents to bond with their kids (which ties back into tradition).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    Would you have learned to read if it wasn't compulsory?
    It's like getting a high school diploma to me, you're much better off with it than without it. Chicken or the egg. Did I learn to like reading because I could or would I have wanted to learn if I didn't have to? I think at such a young age it wasn't a decision I would've known how to make. If I were older and presented with the opportunity of learning to read (and I lived in a society where illiteracy would be detrimental) then yes, I would learn.
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    First of all for the post I feel its needed to properly function in our society, and it has become a thing that most people take for granted, but it truly is in America.

    But personaly I feel its a start to a greater path, knowledge is power and with out the ability to read im already more powerful than someone who cant.
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    I personally learnt to read exclusively by myself when I was 3 y and 6 m old*brags* because my mother sometimes was tired to recount me stories before going to bed: thus, I decided to do it myself.
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    To annoy Americans on the internet.

    Only joking, what Mademoiselle Whatever said:

    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Reading is pretty necissary if you want to do much in society- from getting a job, getting a drivers license, reading the bus schedule or figuring out how to prepare what you bought from the grociery store. Unless you have someone going around with you reading everything outloud for you, your SOL if you can't read.

    I learned to read for the same reason YLJ did- I wanted to hear what was in the book but my parents lost the patience in reading everything that I wanted to hear, so they taught me to read.
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    You're TOLD to read when young generally because later on you'll need it in society to function and excel.

    I know here in America we were founded upon ideals of being self-reliant, and learning the skills and trades necessary to soar to your potentials and limits. Reading is a very big part of being able to succeed in America, so naturally your parents and schools force you to learn it.
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    I think most people learn the basics merely because it's necessary to function in our society. I learned because I was curious and wanted to gain access to the sleeping knowledge hidden in the symbols. I learned when I was 3, but I have not mastered it yet.

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