I've just been wondering this lately ... how did all of the characters learn to read? Do math? Etc.? I don't recall anything about school being mentioned in the Two Rivers, yet all of them can read. Rand, Perrin, Egwene at some point are reading The Travels of Jain Farstrider. Mat says he doesn't like to read, but he can read a note put into his pocket. Do you think they were all taught at home by their parents? I assumed Faile and Elayne and other nobility are taught by tutors. When Egwene becomes a Novice she takes classes, so there's a kind of school in the White Tower. Rand sets up schools, more like universities, for learning. But I'm wondering about basic education. What do you think?