Looking back, I realise that most of my working life was connected with literacy. I helped thousands of children to become more proficient in the English language. I taught English in Fiji, Hungary, Thailand, Scotland, South Africa and of course in three challenging secondary schools in South Yorkshire. Almost forty years in the service of literacy. Armed with my dictionary and thesaurus, I was a soldier at the front.
Especially in English speaking lands, literacy is very much connected with who we are as people. Even constructive criticism can be misinterpreted as an assault upon one's core being for it is through language - both written and spoken that we define ourselves.