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"The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and as a people" (A Nation at Risk, April, 1983, p. 5). Trelease (1985) reported on statistics from Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (1984) and Ley (1979) that 44% of U.S. adults do not read even one book in a year and that 80% of the books read are being read by 10% of the people. Additionally, Neuman and Prowada (1982) (cited in Harris & Sipay, 1985) found that most students spend less than 5 hours a week reading for pleasure. The results of the NAEP study (1981) (cited in Harris & Sipay, 1985) showed that when students were given a choice between going to a movie, watching television, reading a book, or reading a magazine, 50% of the 9-year-olds and two-thirds of the teenagers stated they would rather go to a movie.

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Master of Arts in Education


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Catherine Wooledge Hatcher


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