Thursday, August 04, 2005

Teenagers and the lost joy of reading

The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a congressionally mandated standardized test, concluded that the reading skills of high school students haven't improved since 1999. Since 1969, NAEP assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts. And last week, the Pew Research Center's Internet Project reported that for today's teenagers, "the Internet and cell phones have become a central force that fuels the rhythm of daily life."Well, blame it on the evolution then… Eighty-seven percent of America's kids ages 12 to 17 spend time online. Most teens are using instant messenger and text messaging to keep in touch with their friends.
[Via USA Today]


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