Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Literacy Debate--Online, R U Really Reading?"

Will Richardson, on his Weblogg-ed blog, discusses an article from The New York Times on Internet reading literacy. Students are reading fewer and fewer books for enjoyment. Instead, they spend hours on the Internet reading articles and blogs, sending instant messages, and searching for YouTube videos. But some literacy experts say this isn't REALLY reading.

As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.

But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount.
Take a look at the article and see what you think. IS the Internet ruining our students' reading literacy? Click the "Comment" link below and tell me what you think!

Photo: "Generations" by Joe Thorn.

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