Saturday, July 12, 2008

Further commentary on the decline of reading in the USA ...
> The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published "To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence" recently, a study on Americans' reading habits.
> According to NEA, the number of Americans who actively read is declining steadily, and the steepest decline can be found amongst young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who, on average, spend seven minutes reading a day for leisure compared to two hours watching television. Another disconcerting statistic: nearly half of all Americans ages 18 to 24 read no books for pleasure.
> The study also reveals that young Americans are testing less well on reading even though more schools are increasing reading instruction in their classrooms. 'Will be interesting to see what implications, if any, the study will have on reading instruction in the future---specifically, how teachers and parents can better teach young people not only to read well enough to pass tests but to fall in love with the act of reading.
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