Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

[Susan notes: Stephen Krashen points out that claims of student decline in reading are not supported by data. Use his research in your own letters to editor.]

Submitted to Cincinnati Enquirer but not published

To the editor

The first line of Common Core a 'monumental shift'(April 16, 2013) is not supported by any real data. There is no evidence that "reading has been declining in the nation's schools for more than two decades." Students are reading as much as ever. According to my analysis, teenagers today are reading as much as teenagers did in 1999 and in 1946. In addition, reading scores on our national test, the NAEP, have been increasing modestly since 1992.

The Common Core appears to be an attempt to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Source: Krashen, S. 2011. Why We Should Stop Scolding Teenagers and Their Schools: Frequency of Leisure Readingâ€Â¨ Language Magazine 11 (4): 18-21.

Stephen Krashen

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.