I would give this essay…
Is the ability to read and write more important today than in the past? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
It is believed that literacy and numeracy nowadays is more important than it was in the past. Actually, I disagree with this statement because it has always been important. Whether this was available or not – that is another question.
In the past, let us take for example the Middle Ages, literacy and numeracy would have been such great advantage that it is actually to measure! For instance, if people in the middle Ages could have been able to read, they could have read the Bible on their own, and I assume that the role of Church would not have been so great!
A plenty of priceless cultural values were created in the Renaissance but, unfortunately, all of them are lost now. There are many reasons for the loss and it would be exaggerating saying that they are lost because a few people could write them down.
I would also like to mention that literacy and numeracy would not have changed the history , as everything is happening as it should be. Nowadays everybody knows how to read or write because everybody knows how to do it. In the past, there were few people who knew it, so there was no special need for it as you were not supposed to write a letter as there were not many people you would have been able to read it.
To sum it all up, I will say that it is the matter of development for in the past printing was not so advanced to produce books every hour. This aspect explains why there were so few literate people. There were many greater skills that people were supposed to have – they had to know how to exist in very harsh circumstances.
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