Over the last five hundred years, billions of people have pulled their families from generations of poverty by applying their intellects to become literate. With this crucial skill, people were able to market themselves better to employers, earn better salaries, and send their children to school. These educated children could do more than their parents, so entered the workforce with better skills to market. They also ensured their children when to school. This cycle repeated itself generation after generation until, finally, the luxury of completing high school and a few years of post-secondary was so commonplace that it became a requirement for the simplest of part-time jobs, let alone long and rewarding careers. But something's changing ....