Are Reading Rates Declining in the African American Community?
by Troy Johnson
Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014
In 2007 the NEA issued a follow up to 2004 Report Remarkable Decline in U.S. ContinuesTo Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence
“How does one summarize this disturbing story? As Americans, especially younger Americans, read less, they read less well. Because they read less well, they have lower levels of academic achievement. (ie shameful fact that nearly one-third of Ameri-can teenagersdrop out of school is deeply connected to declining literacy and reading comprehension.) With lower levels of reading and writing ability, people do less well in the job market. Poor reading skills correlate heavily with lack of employment, lower wages, and fewer opportunities for advancement. Significantly worse reading skills are found among prisoners than in the general adult population. And deficient readers are less likely to become active in civic and cultural life, most notably in vol-unteerism and voting.”
—Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
NPR - Interviews Dana Gioia, Chairman of the NEA
Fewer and fewer Americans are reading for pleasure. That's the conclusion of a study released today by the National Endowment for the Arts. It tracks a decline among Americans of all ages. Here are a couple of the most striking statistics. On average, Americans spend two hours a day watching television and seven minutes reading. And only one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers. The study argues that this decline has serious consequences for the nation, as NPR's Lynn Neary reports:
The newest study by the National Endowment for the Arts (published September 2013) on how much American adults participate with the arts found that general book reading in 2012 was even with levels in 2008, but that reading literature (defined as novels, short stories, plays and poetry) had declined.
How a Nation Engages with Art (September 2013)
The newest study by the National Endowment for the Arts on how much American adults participate with the arts found that general book reading in 2012 was even with levels in 2008, but that reading literature (defined as novels, short stories, plays and poetry) had declined.
Read on the Rise (Jaunary 2009)
For the first time in over a quarter-century, our survey shows that literary reading has risen among adult Americans.
To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence (November 2007)
Gathers and collates the best national data available to provide a reliable and comprehensive overview of American reading today. While it incorporates some statistics from the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2004 report, Reading at Risk, this new study contains vastly more data from numerous sources.
National Endowment for the Arts Reading At Risk A Survey of Literary Reading in America (June 2004)
Reading at Risk is not a report that the National Endowment for the Arts is happy to issue. This comprehensive survey of American literary reading presents a detailed assessment for the decline of reading’s role in the nation’s culture.
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Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.