What is literacy?
When people think of literacy, they usually refer to simple reading and writing. They regard it as a mechanical skill that is mostly about deciphering letters on a page. But, in fact, literacy is a lot more complicated than that. It involves culture, power, and the opinion of others. It is defined by communities and can be used as a weapon to disregard the marginalized. On this episode of Why? Radio, we’ll discuss what literacy means, investigate its many competing definitions, and explore how it plays into stereotypes.
Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
Weinstein, Jack Russell and Donehower, Kim, "What is literacy?" (2019). Why? Radio Podcast Archive. 16.