Reading is fundamental. Sort of. At least everyone used to be told that interesting idea. There used to be a big push to make sure that American people would be able to read, write and basically be able to communicate with the written word.
Have you ever sat and studied a newspaper (supposedly done by professionals) and looked at the errors in printing? I’ve seen misspellings, errors in usage and errors with grammar. These used to be things taught in school. Even an ordinary paperback may have loads of easily found basic English errors. Why? It makes no sense. An education is available to the poorest civilian. The grade schools of this country used to teach basic communication skills. Have they stopped teaching this? Or, have people stopped caring?
I hope there are people who still care; and, schools that still teach. If they don’t exist our country will shortly become one filled with uneducated non communicative people.