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It is an exciting time to be a teacher. For only the second time in human history, the very nature of what it means to be literate is shifting, and that shift is being played out in schools and libraries across the world.

The first shift, ignited by the invention of the printing press, was about who should be literate. The new capacity for mass production challenged the idea of literacy as the province of a select elite and revealed the power that the ability to read and write gave to those who possessed it. That revelation was so compelling that Church officials persecuted printers, fearing that their authority would be undermined if everyone could read (and interpret) the Bible for themselves, and in early ...

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