Common Sense Media recently issued a report about kids and teens and their reading habits. The four principal findings (I’m going to quote CSN directly) were these:
- Reading rates have dropped precipitously among adolescents.
- Reading achievement among older teens has stagnated.
- There’s a persistent gap in reading scores between white, black, and Latino kids.
- There’s also a gender gap in reading across ages.
The NY Times and NPR are both aghast at the findings, but their responses focused more on the problem — and how it has arisen — than on solutions. Common Sense Media itself has offered several strategies to increase reading, but I’m going to suggest my own. Continue reading