In the beginning of the 20th century, as agrarian society pivoted to more manufacturing and service orientation, literacy rapidly shifted from being an advantage to being a necessity. I think most would agree that without literacy, it’s virtually impossible to get by today.

While virtually wiped out, sadly there is an over-representation of illiterates in the prison system, as well as in some of the poorest countries in the world. In the 21st century, we are pivoting to the digital era. Data literacy will hence evolve from advantage to necessity in a similar fashion. This won’t be a painless transition.

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