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“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.