This is the gist of an article that appears in the TIMES today. Do take a look. KES
Harry Potter, James Patterson and Oprah Winfrey’s book club
aside, 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 writing skills.
That is the message of a new report being released today by the
National Endowment for the Arts, based on an analysis of data from about two
dozen studies from the federal Education and Labor Departments and the
Census Bureau as well as other academic, foundation and business
surveys. After its 2004 report, “Reading at Risk,” which found that
fewer than half of Americans over 18 read novels, short stories, plays or
poetry, the endowment sought to collect more comprehensive data to build
a picture of the role of all reading, including nonfiction.