“We must be more than a nation of functional literates. We must become a nation
of truly competent readers, recognizing all that the word competent implies.
Nothing less will satisfy the needs of the world that is coming.“
Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren; in “How to Read a Book“, 1972
The quote is noteworthy because since 1972, reading proficiency in the general population has only become worse.