There was once a time when writing proficiency and reading comprehension were considered pretty important. In grade school all the way through high school, some sort of curriculum, some class, whether it was English, a specific reading or writing course, etc., had something to do, directly, with the subjects of reading and writing. Even math and science did not enjoy the same prominence that the written arts did.

I was born towards the end of my generation — the Baby Boomers — but it’s safe to say that the importance placed on literacy remained high probably into the 70s, maybe the early 80s. But…