I spent part of the morning waiting at the car dealer for a minor recall repair to be done (glamorous, I know!) and read an article about the lack of reading in America. I was simply horrified. According to the reporter, one in four (that's 25%) of adult Americans had not read one single book all year. This survey seems to include religious readings, as well as fiction and nonfiction choices. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea. 1 in 4!
No wonder our children aren't reading. That could mean that 25% (or more) of kids have no role model for reading. This survey didn't seem to care about what language was read either. 1 in 4!
It really makes me wonder if our national illiteracy rate is truly that high. As a reading educator, that saddens me. I can't imagine not enjoying at least one book in a whole year. With all the advances in audio books on CD, through public libraries, and in new formats like MP3, it seems that books are more accessible now than they have ever been.
I know, in this case, I'm probably preaching to the choir, but I was really shocked by the statistic. What do you think? Is this really accurate in modern America?