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Rank #1
692 votes

Unfortunately, the elimination of incentives such as parole, good time credits and funding for college courses, means that fewer inmates participate in and excel in literacy, education, treatment and other development programs. 

- Bobby Scott

Rank #2
677 votes

There are all kinds of things you can do to marry literacy with health. 

- C. Everett Koop

Rank #3
659 votes

Nothing about it interested me. Or about anything else, except making up stories. If literacy weren't so nearly universal, God knows what I'd be. A drain on the State, I shouldn't wonder. 

- Donald E. Westlake

Rank #4
659 votes

We have ignored cultural literacy in thinking about education. We ignore the air we breathe until it is thin or foul. Cultural literacy is the oxygen of social intercourse.  

- E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Rank #5
723 votes

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. 

- George W. Bush

Rank #6
704 votes

Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable. 

- Grace Slick

Rank #7
218 votes

Is it possible that literacy standards are falling because young Australians are growing up in a culture in which they can be entertained and informed, and in which they can communicate effectively, without having to master any but the most rudimentary literacy skills? 

- Hugh Mackay

Rank #8
207 votes

Yet in our enthusiasm for the idea that everyone should be able to read and write fluently, we may be missing a crucial point: in today's culture, finely honed literacy skills are simply not as important as they once were. 

- Hugh Mackay

Rank #9
223 votes

If you want to work on the core problem, it's early school literacy. 

- James Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape

Rank #10
379 votes

No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy. 

- Los Angeles Times, "A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area"

Rank #11
214 votes

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy. 

- Marshall McLuhan

Rank #12
209 votes

The major accomplishment of analyzing illiteracy so far has been the listing of symptoms: the decrease in functional literacy; a general degradation of writing skills and reading comprehension; an alarming increase of packaged language (cliches used in speeches, canned messages); and a general tendency to substitute visual media (especially television and video) for written language. 

- Mihai Nadin "The Civilization of Illiteracy"

Rank #13
325 votes

Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens. 

- President Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994

Rank #14
222 votes

A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage. 

- Robert S. McNamara

Rank #15
282 votes

Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfilment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write. Literacy... means far more than learning how to read and write... The aim is to transmit... knowledge and promote social participation. 

- UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany

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