A recent study fears that reading in the US becomes a minority acquiction

In the British media you will always find an article about how people carrying books from famous writers without you ever reading or that at all the intention of doing it. For example, for example, the Mosebach from the Louis vitton bag at a German airport or in the FC Bayern Lounge? No, he does not lie, Luge. Possibly that the British consciousness status also worried about bookcover, in Germany is such immunity. If you are nostalgically disposed, you may be pleased about how about a cloud of pipe smoke, but it is decided to the stored, outdated rituals, which are cared for only in small attributed precisory circles. That may be because there are fewer readers. The complaint about it is already old. Currently she will once again managed by an American institution, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with coarse gesture and loud alarm: the well-being of the all nation’s hour with the dwindling readiness of the Americans at the game.

"To read or not to read" (PDF file) The latest report of the National Endowment for The Arts, yesterday, is called a government who receives her funds from the American government. So it’s about existential, let’s be the title and that is so intended: after the NEA had ever written a report a few years ago, with a similar topic: "Reading at risk" And not the desired reactions scored, this time turns a little more.

Critics who ignored the seriousness of the last report because in their eyes, in their eyes, it was too specialized in specialized and ambitious cultural skills – Listenwort: PotionInterpretations – had now been confronted with pragmatic and, above all, dramatic implications: "A Question of National Consequence" is In the subtitle of the report and hardly any of the above 90 pages to be waited, how important readers not only for the personal professional progress, but also for the economy and for probably the whole nation are:

Good Reader Make Good Citizens.

The good intention is clear, reading will be as indispensable, existential ability Sine Qua Non concepts, which makes better creatures from people and a better nation from the country. Since you are not afraid of the conversation back: that prison insides can be on average worse reading will be mentioned several times in the course of the report. Of course, in the correct sense: "The disadvantaged, which are missing necessary means.."- And yet the warning schoolmaster finger à la Struwwelpeter, which indicates the fate of Bosen Buben.

The central action of the NEA aims for a disturbing finding, which also gives birth to German parents and to create some of them: the significant rint of the desire of reading with adolescents. Even under college graduates, so Dana Goia, head of the NEA, be the reading ability and the habit of regular reading on losing weight:

All Progress Appears to Hold AS Children Enter Their Teenage Years. There is A General Decline in Reading Among Teenage and Adult Americans. Most Alarming, Both Reading Ability and The Habit Of Regular Reading Have Greatly Declined Among College Graduates.Thesis Negative Trends Have More Than Literary Importance. AS This Reportmakes Clear, The Decles Have Demonstrable Social, Economic, Cultural, and Civic Implications.

Facts for this finding look like this: Children and adolescents between 9 and 17 years are always worse in reading proposals; They spend their time less and less read. Although the percentage of the 9-year-old, which had read daily with pleasure, rose from 1984 to 2004 from 53 to 54, as well as their grades had enormously improved in reading releases. But in contrast, in the 17-year-old, the disappeared desire to read in reading is clearly recognizable: during the 1984 still 31% with Spab almost every day read, it was only 22 percent in 2004. In 2006, 15 to 24-year-olds spent only 7 to 10 minutes a day with the volunteer reading; The number of college graduates, which examines good readers, fell from 40 to 31 percent.

Fucked signals from a coarse amount of numbers material that "To read or not to read" Providing, but also the weakness of the NEA report indicating: partly lack of updating, disparate statistics that are not always without simplifications with each other with each other and the lack of coarse investigations that involve the online reading behavior.

As can be seen in many statistics, which ranges only until 2004, partly on the larger data material of the transaction report "Reading at risk" Could be used and otherwise served with larger nationwide studies that have been carried out by other federal aggregations. For those responsible at the NEA, this is not seen as a problem, but interpreted as a strong, since the most diverse investigations are visible despite some contradictions to make a clear trend visible: the story of the decline of reading in the USA.

When One Assembles Data from Disparate Sources, The Results Often Present Contradictions. This is not the case with to reacharge or not to read. Here The Results Are Startling in Their Consistency. All of the Data Combine to Tell The Same Story About American Reading.

The reading bogwheel story has the following consequences according to NEA:

  1. 1. Employers rank reading and writing as top deficits of their new employees.
  2. 2.Good readers get better paid jobs.
  3. 3.Less good readers report fewer opportunities in the labor market.
  4. 4.Good readers play a key role in the enrichment of cultural and civil life.
  5. 5. Good readers who read literature are volunteering, they are good burgers.

That this is mainly statistical correlations, also the responsible persons of the NEA know, but the connections for them are so obvious and strong, they still speak of Kausalitaten. The intention is clear: You want to get obedient. The question is, however, if she is so careful and look and open for other messages than the classic read-on-reading: the stacks in the bookstores have not become smaller. And the text offer in the network infinitely. Maybe we read different today.

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