Reading the Word means:
to decode/encode those words;
to bring ourselves to those pages;
to make meaning of those pages as they relate to our experiences, our possibilities; our cultures; and our knowledges.
Reading the World means:
to decode/encode the people around us;
to decode/encode the community that surrounds us;
to decode/encode the visible and invisible messages of the world.
Literacy education is ultimately about the kind of society and the kind of citizens/subjects that could and should be constructed. Teaching and learning just isn't a matter of skill acquisition or knowledge transmission or natural growth. It's about building identities and cultures, communities and institutions.
-Allan Luke and Peter Freebody, 1999