Comment on Walt Gardner, "Reading for pleasure," Ed Week, June 28, posted at:
Gardner wrote: "In 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts published a study showing a dramatic drop in reading for pleasure among young people ..."
I responded to this report (To Read or Not to Read) in the following articles, available on the internet, showing that the data does NOT show a decline in reading.
Krashen, S. 2008. The “decline” in reading in America: Another case of the “shock doctrine”? Substance, 33 (5) 4, 6. (January). Reprinted in Krashen. S. 2011. Free Voluntary Reading, Libraries Unlimited. http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=255
Krashen, S. 2011. Why We Should Stop Scolding Teenagers and Their Schools: Frequency of Leisure Reading . Language Magazine 11 (4): 18-21, 2011. (available at http://www.sdkrashen.com/index.php?cat=2)