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Reading at Risk Commentary

by Marilyn Reynolds - February 14, 2005

The release of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America in July, set educators and pundits spinning about this latest perceived national crisis. The results of the survey are disheartening: Less than half of American adults now read literature; the youngest age groups showed a 28% decline, the greatest decline of all. According to the report, the overall “. . .rate of decline is increasing and . . . has nearly tripled in the last decade.”

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 14, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11750, Date Accessed: 6/16/2021 9:22:52 PM

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  • Marilyn Reynolds

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    MARILYN REYNOLDS is a prolific young adult novelist and Emmy Award nominee, who knows teens. She has taught reading to at-risk high school students for more than 30 years.
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