Prerequisites to reading and writing

The next time my colleague the chemist says his students cannot read and write, I shall say, “you teach him Latin and Greek, the Bible, classical history, something of the medieval world in the history of modern Europe through World War II — and then I’ll teach him how to read and write!“ And meanwhile stop loading high school and college curricula with dazzling pyrotechnical displays in science and laying down and possible requirements and assignments in science – there are only so many hours in the day! … [W]e have almost got to the point of reading English in translation.

John Senior, The Death of Christian Culture, page 94.

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