Reading

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What Are Kids Reading?

Apr 09, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky writes about the low levels of reading in our schools today.

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The Decline of Literate Thought

Mar 26, 2012 by David Solway |

Recalling an evening in Casablanca where he met students "in love with learning," David Solway considers the contrast between them and today's American college students who have little enthusiasm for intellectual growth.

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NAS Beach Books Reports Reflected in MLA Panel Discussion

Jan 11, 2012 by Ashley Thorne, Glenn Ricketts |

Our ongoing report on common reading is recognized at the MLA convention.

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Majoring in Images

Jul 06, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reviews a popular recent novel. He finds some very funny cultural satire as well as themes that resonate in the contemporary academic landscape.

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Taking Books for Granted

Apr 19, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

The author of Fahrenheit 451 gave up a college education to keep his job and learn in the library, after realizing that going to college could ruin his life. His story may have relevance for many young people today.

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“The First Book I’ve Ever Read”...No Comment

Apr 18, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A UConn senior, an athlete, reads a book for the first time.

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Disadvantaged Students

Apr 11, 2011 by Will Fitzhugh |

The truly disadvantaged are those who have not been sufficiently taught how to read and write and graduate from high school unprepared for college.

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The Box

Jan 04, 2011 by David Clemens |

Excited to receive the shipment from Dan Wyman Books, I ripped open the box only to feel revulsion.  Inside were old books related to the Holocaust and those who would deny its existence.

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Wired to Read

Dec 01, 2010 by Peter Wood |

Does literacy bring trade-offs?

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A Kindled Spirit

Oct 19, 2010 by Jason Fertig |

An argument in defense of eReaders: they aren't killing books or our attention spans.

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The Twilight Generation Can’t Read

Oct 18, 2010 by Sandra Stotsky |

A new ALSCW study suggests that fragmented English curricula and neglect of close reading impair reading scores and college readiness despite major increases in funding for elementary and secondary education.

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Inflammatory Books on Kindle? Reigniting the Written Word

Oct 13, 2010 by David Clemens |

What do we stand to lose if all our books are digital?

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Reading Between the Lines

Sep 10, 2010 by David Clemens |

Discussing Claude Shannon’s communication theories, my student Hali asked about reading comprehension, and I thought of Bernard Knox (who died July 22).  His New York Times obituary by Wolfgang Saxon reads, in part,

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Where Read?

Oct 19, 2009 by David Clemens |

In his passionate book, University of Virginia English Professor Mark Edmundson asks Why Read? and provides a compelling answer. [caption id="attachment_298" align="alignleft" width="159" caption=""The Tattered Cover" Photograph… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Smell of Books

Jul 15, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

In the age of the Kindle, Google Books, the iPhone, and audio books, have we lost something precious now that we can't smell what we read?

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