Layne presents a new question for us to ponder - Why WON'T Johnny read? Layne presents some frightening statistics from a study done by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007, called To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence:
- less than one-third of thirteen-year-olds are daily readers;
- 52% of Americans ages 18-24 reported reading no books for pleasure in 2002;
- the percent of Americans age 25-44 who read anything for pleasure is declining.
Many of you are doing things that teach students to value and enjoy books. Maybe you can share some of your success stories with us.