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.
Exactly. If we didn't need it, it wouldn't be thrown at us so young in life. No one is taught quantum physics as a child, because you tend to learn it on your own. It's not a BASIC requirement to excel in society.
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Some people are just compelled to read by their curiosity. I remember when I lived in Kenya I would always be curious to learn from adults so I apparently had a pretty extensive grasp of the local dialect and little to no understanding of English(verbally or orally) because it wasn't necessary for furthering my understanding at the time. When I moved to England without any formal teaching I learned a lot of the basics by my own will, not because it was imposed on me.
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It assumes that the understanding children have about the circumstances under which they learn to read determines the outcome of the question. That's not true.
The question asked why people learn to read. The superficial answer, reading the question literally, is that it's not a choice at all, so the question doesn't make sense. Great. I think a little bit of intuition suggests that the question is asking why people are taught to read, since a whopping majority of people don't ever choose. Maybe lab was being funny. (Trying.)
We do it because we are forced to in school, and we are forced to in school because it is neccesary to function in society, and we are unconcious of it's importance at the time so none of that matters.
So bassically we do it for shits and giggles, I guess.
Almost all of us learn to read because we are forced to.
The invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century led to the dream of universal literacy.
But it was only when the State introduced free, compulsory and secular education that universal literacy was achieved - and only in affluent countries, particularly in the West.
Everyone learns to speak their own language naturally and intuitively at home, but to learn to read and write we are compelled by State Law to attend special State institutions with specially trained staff.
And as we learn to read and write, we learn the habits of counter-intuitive thought.
And counter intuitive thinking is essential for understanding modern science, modern economics and modern politics.
In fact counter-intuitive thinking is necessary to understand the modern world.
And this is why we learn to read and write - to understand the modern world around us.
For instance we learn to read and write to understand Astronomy rather than astrology.
We learn to read and write to understand the Origin of Species rather than creationism.
And we learn to read and write to understand Psychology rather than the pseudo psychology of MBTI.
So we learn to read and write in order to understand ourselves and the world around us.
But the immediate problem is that astrology, creationism and MBTI make us feel good intuitively, while Astronomy, The Origin of Species and Psychology require us to think and understand - and this is hard work but immensely satisfying and immensely rewarding.