Creating lifelong readers
Posted by tscarrit November 25, 2007 3:31 AM
If you are reading this column, chances are you are more successful than the average person, more involved in your community and less likely to be in prison.
That is not because of anything I have written. It is because you have chosen to read.
A new study by the National Endowment for the Arts suggests that reading transforms lives. "Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual's academic and economic success -- facts that are not especially surprising -- but it also seems to awaken a person's social and civic sense," wrote Dana Gioia, chairman of the NEA.
While correlation is not the same as cause and effect, it is clear from the new report, "To Read or Not To Read," that all kinds of positive measures go along with voluntary reading. Those who cannot read, or choose not to read, do not fare so well.
After considering data from a number of studies, the NEA reports three conclusions: "Americans are spending less time reading. Reading comprehension skills are eroding. These declines have serious civic, social, cultural and economic implications."