The Short List

The National Endowment For The Arts has released a report today (“To Read Or Not To Read”) with more disappointing results including the decline of voluntary reading by older children and young adults, the decline of national test scores by students in middle school through high school and the decline in proficiency of adult readers. One of the conclusions on page 94 states: “Greater academic, professional, and civic benefits [are] associated with high levels of leisure reading and reading comprehension.”

According to the article in today’s New York Timeswhich reports on the study: “Americans — particularly young Americans — appear to be reading less for fun, and as that happens, their reading test scores are declining. At the same time, performance in other academic disciplines like math and science is dipping for students whose access to books is limited, and employers are rating workers deficient in basic…

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