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This editorial highlights the eloquent words of Drs. Bernard Madison and Lynn Arthur Steen who, in the inaugural issue of Numeracy, note that quantitative literacy (QL) provides "tools for survival" in a highly competitive world. I discuss how QL is desperately needed at a precarious time for our nation's democracy and how at LaGuardia Community College, and community colleges across the nation, important and creative work is being undertaken to build students' math skills. The pivotal role ofdoi:10.5038/1936-46220.127.116.11 fatcat:3si4vk3htjbc3nspb5635t55tq