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English 1A 11/8/06 Reader Response #2 Illiterate America In the essay, “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society”, Jonathon Kozol writes about the disadvantages of not being able to read. Furthermore, he presents the different scenarios and conflicts for several illiterate people. Within the essay, Kozol includes a statement made by James Madison, “A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” I concede with Madison in that the power knowledge gives, such as reading, is the only way of being an individual. I feel Madison leads to the idea of individualism when he refers to “…people who mean to be their own governors”, because one cannot live their own life without being able to read. Where ever an illiterate needs to decide on something, it is uncertain whether they have understood all the written information. It is difficult to take the word of an illiterate into account, because you are well aware that the person does not know how to read. Kozol
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