Sometimes, as a wordsmith, I forget just how many people there are who struggle with literacy.
Of the many reasons people, as adults, have poor literacy there are very few that couldn’t have been surmounted by proper education as children. So, when I read a set of feedback sheets that show real literacy problems, I get angry.
By letting people reach adulthood without proper literacy, we hobble their chances for employment and leave them with a legacy of poor confidence and limited social mobility.
In a wealthy, well-governed country like ours, with its emphasis on compulsory education, there is no excuse for this.