‘To read is to have access to the store of human knowledge’
‘The difference between a student who reads throughout primary school and a student who does not is in the magnitude of 30,000 to 50,000 words. [The] capacity… to engage well with the curriculum has been really significantly compromised.’
Parliament of Western Australia, 2012

‘To be unable to read is to be locked out, to be isolated from discourse, to grasp the edges of conversations, to be without the knowledge of one’s companions. It is to be terrified of failure, and haunted by its presence. It is humiliation and frustration, and…

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