Did you see the article in the Washington Post last week entitled "How to Get Kids to Read Independently"? It references "The Scholastic Kid and family Reading Report: Fifth Edition"
One fact that caught my eye said....
"Children ages 12–17,
with frequent readers reading 39.6 books annually
and infrequent readers reading only 4.7 books per year."
What? Four books per year?!! This is a shocking statistic that proves that independent reading isn't happening enough!!
This is becoming not only a statistic but a reality, even at my school. During the book fair, this month, our school had a challenge for the students to read 70,000 minutes during the week. We have approx. 600 students in our school. We kept tabs on minutes read at home each night for each student, reported them to the office each day and tabulated our school total. Students would get the “treat” of dumping Spaghetti seaweed on the principal’s head if they met the challenge. But we didn't meet the challenge. I don't think this has ever happened before. Sadly we didn't even met ½ the challenge. That means they aren't even reading 10 minutes a day. :( I think this was an eye opening realization for everyone at our school.
Is this a statistic that stands in our way?
My principal has a new reading challenge up her sleeve....we shall see......