A Student of History

November 19, 2007

To Read or Not to Read

Filed under: Great books — John Maass @ 1:36 pm

A newly released 99 page study comes to a shocking–shocking–conclusion:  an increasing number of adult Americans were not even reading one book a year.  Some news is good, notably among 9-year-olds, whose reading comprehension scores have soared since the early 1990s.  But at the same time, the number of 17-year-olds who “never or hardly ever” read for pleasure has doubled, to 19 percent, and their comprehension scores have fallen.

Among the findings:

• In 2002, only 52 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24, the college years, read a book voluntarily, down from 59 percent in 1992.

• The number of adults with bachelor’s degrees and “proficient in reading prose” dropped from 40 percent in 1992 to 31 percent in 2003.

More on this report is here.

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