Literacy is the great equalizer in the era of COVID-19 and polarization | Opinion (Tennessean)

Tennessean: Literacy is the great equalizer in the era of COVID-19 and polarization | Opinion. “The events of 2020 have highlighted some of the deep divisions in our society. Election years often have a way of polarizing our community, but the heightened racial tensions and the ever-growing consequences of the digital divide brought to bear in new ways by the COVID-19 pandemic seem to have thrust communities across the globe into new levels of isolation. In times like these, times of great social disturbance, literature can lead us forward, thrusting us into worlds both familiar and strange, forcing us to confront our norms, and providing us with the medium for productive discourse about our collective interests and shared values.”

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