Unguided reading is a real threat, because unguided reading leads to uncomfortable questions.
Teach someone to read and you guarantee that they will be able to learn forever. Teach an entire culture to read and connections and innovations go through the roof.
Yes, and this is the precise reason there are cultures that prevent the spread of education by censoring books, websites and deciding what their population should read or know. (And yes, India does have a sorry record here). And then there are comunties that deny education to women (mostly). Because once a woman is educated, she will teach her offspring - and that is a danger to those who want to keep their population in ignorance.
Show me a culture that discourages the education of women (the Taliban for example) and I will show you deep rooted ignorance, bigotry and superstition and then some.
Homo unius libri...
Learning is a threat for many. If they learn to fish, they may not be dependent on the master, the provider, the benevolent mai-baap sarkaar. They may fly away if you gave them wings. So, they keep them hobbled, dependent and unlearnt..
Slightly incoherent post, but well...this was a Seths post of yore. Inspired in one sentence...Unguided reading is a real threat