In this article, the authors argue that the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and UNESCO work together to promote literacy which is business orientated and antithetical to serious, critical education. They argue that this is happening in the US just as it is in the global South. They show how such promotion is bound up with the global project to privatise education and that an attack on teacher unionism is central to that project. They urge educators, particularly in the US to study the rhetoric of documents produced by these institutions and to understand what they call 'World Bank Literacy' and to share their knowledge. Finally they emphasise the importance of engaging in the struggle against the promotion of this project both in teaching unions and in concert with those forces both locally and globally, who are opposing it.