Thursday, July 15, 2004

Written word update

Here's a great op-ed piece from the New York Times on the study I discussed on Tuesday--the one about the decline in people reading for pleasure.

This great passage from the NYT piece ties reading to education:

"Even more immediate than the crises in health and politics brought on by the decline of reading is the crisis in national education. We have one of the most literate societies in history. What is the point of having a population that can read, but doesn't? We need to teach people not only how, but also why to read. The struggle is not to make people read more, but to make them want to read more."

I found that link via MIT's Technology Review blog. Here's author Mara Vatz's take on the study. Also click on the comments link at the bottom of her posting to read more opinions and thoughts.

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