Thursday, November 02, 2006

Reading At Risk

Going along with our discussion of literacy, I found a survey conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts which doesn't give us very sunny news. Below is a link and the first paragraph of the Preface in order to spark some interest.

Reading at Risk is not a report that the National Endowment for the Arts is happy to issue. This comprehensive survey of American literary reading presents a detailed but bleak assessment of the decline of reading’s role in the nation’s culture. For the first time in modern history, less than half of the adult population now reads literature, and these trends reflect a larger decline in other sorts of reading. Anyone who loves literature or values the cultural, intellectual, and political importance of active and engaged literacy in American society will respond to this report with grave concern.


At 2:09 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Isn't the information on page 14 interesting? Your parents' educational level has a huge impact on whether you're a literary reader or not. I'm not surprised that it has an impact; I am surprised that the jump from grade school to grad school for your parents can double the likelihood that you read for pleasure. I guess librarians really need to encourage people to stay in school!


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