“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
That’s a quote from Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451. I came across it last week and it made me think of the report out from the National Endowment for the Arts, To Read or Not to Read. In it the NEA looked at a broad range of data on the reading habits of Americans. Every measure was depressing. Americans are reading less and less these days, especially the kind of great literature like Bradbury’s which Common Core wants to encourage. While this may not be wholly surprising, it’s always tough to see your fears confirmed in numbers.
So what do you think can be done to get people to read more? We would love to hear your thoughts.