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Role Modeling Reading – How to Reverse a Trend of Kids Who Hardly Read

Photo by Alec Couros via Flickr.

Photo by Alec Couros via Flickr.

How do you help your kids — your own children and/or your students — learn to love reading?

In a New York Times op-ed yesterday, columnist David Bruni bemoaned the results of a new report by Common Sense Media, which shows that 22 percent of 13-year-olds and 27 percent of 17-year-olds say they “hardly ever” or never read for pleasure — compared with only 8 percent of 13-year-olds and 9 percent of 17-year-olds 30 years ago.

Bruni thinks this is a big loss because he’s “persuaded that reading does things — to the brain, heart and spirit — that movies, television, video games and the rest of it cannot.”

What accounts for this dramatic decrease in reading over the last 30 years? Read more