I’m Reading My Share But…

Sorry to start Tuesday on such a depressing note, but read this:

  • One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many do not even graduate from high school.
  • 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
  • 42% of college graduates never read another book.
  • 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
  • 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
  • 57% of new books are not read to completion.

–Jerrold Jenkins, Jenkins Group — via Parapublishing

Wow. This is stunning.

The purpose of an education is: to educate! What a concept! An education is a background store of knowledge that can be applied across the educated person’s life, from work to relationships to hobbys and leisure activities. An education is a knowledge and understanding of the culture in which the educated person lives and operates, and an appreciation for the foreign and historical cultures that share this planet.

A good education certainly includes a basic understanding of history, math and even organic chemistry. But those can be acquired anytime, if the key goal of an education is met. And there is only one real key to a good education.

Reading.

Dave Haxton

This is why I do the work I do.

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