Saturday, July 10, 2010

Please Read

Below is a link to Thursday's column by David Brooks of the New York Times on the importance of summer reading.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/opinion/09brooks.html?src=me&ref=homepage

I am aware of the irony of using a blog you are reading on a computer to have you access an electronic version of a print article about the importance of books.  Nonetheless, the research that is cited is more than noteworthy.

The bottom line is that students who read books over the summer had -- and I'm quoting Brooks here -- "significantly higher reading scores than other students. These students were less affected by the “summer slide” — the decline that especially afflicts lower-income students during the vacation months. In fact, just having those 12 books seemed to have as much positive effect as attending summer school."

- Dave

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