Reading and English teachers often feel as though they are fighting a losing battle. After all, many critics claim that reading is a dying art in the United States. These critics believe that television has replaced reading as a leisure activity and contributed to a general decline in the standard of literacy. There is good news, however, for those who believe in the importance of reading and books. Reading is not dead, and many research findings suggest that the level of literacy and the amount of interest in reading may be higher than ever.
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