They just keep coming. Writing a guest article in the Listener on the importance of kids reading, Christine Fernghough came out with this cracker.
“Literacy is a fundamental right…”
No it’s not Christine; you just made that up. The give-away as always is the word “fundamental”. As I’ve explained often enough before; going back to the 1931 share-market crash it’s been constantly trotted out as an adjective to an assertion, to infer its truth is so obvious as to need no explanation.
Christine’s article otherwise trotted out the obvious re reading’s merit and in particular, the alarming current state of affairs attendance-wise in our schools, particularly with maori kids. This FUNDAMENTALLY, as we know, is attributable to colonisation.
But she missed the big one, specifically no mention of cell-phone addiction which more than any other factor is responsible for declining literacy and general ignorance.