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Whether we are experiencing a 'literacy crisis' depends on ones understanding of the term 'crisis'.It is obvious from our personal experiences that there are prolems among groups on a broader scale and on a smaller, local individual scale but I do not believe that it is a 'crisis' but a concern that needs to be addressed. The media reports construct an image of 'this' massive danger to the individual, the State, the national and …

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…It deliberately and directly attacks the primary teachers, acknowledging that all teachers 'had much higher literacy levels than the population at large' which sets up an 'us versus them' atmosphere. But what it does moreso is to set alarm bells ringing for those readers concerned about this situation. If primary teachers only had '42%' with 'adequate skills' and '16% ..had poor skills…' then that implies that the rest of the population is worse.