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A basic skill

Over the years, an awful lot of the responsibility of raising children has been pawned off on our school systems, and sometimes it appears to have been at the expense of the three Rs. And any properly schooled person can certainly tell you that the three R's aren't all classes that begin with R, being reading writing and arithmetic, or, in the tradition of the great American colloquialism of educational tradition: Readin' Ritin' and Rithmetic. Time was when mastering these skills gave a citizen a leg up on the competition, but as the Jeffersonian ideal of free public education became a reality in the American republic, literacy became a necessity, even for people...