Reading At Risk
Last July, when the NEA issued Reading At Risk, a survey of reading habits in the United States, a tsunami of responses bemoaned the decline of literary culture in the continent. The SF Chronicle has some more commentary on this, by Mark Bauerlein and Carol Jago. The tone is as concerned as in other op-ed pieces dealing with the survey.
While rates differed among groups, all revealed significant decreases — young and old, rich and poor, black and white, college graduates and high school graduates. And not just literary reading suffered. From 1992 to 2002, the rate of Americans reading books of any kind dropped from about 61 percent to 57 percent.
But, Bauerlein and Jago go on to say, organizations like the California Reading and Literature Project are doing what they can to try to ‘deal with the problem.’