NPR education http://kplu.org en America's Facebook generation is reading strong http://kplu.org/post/americas-facebook-generation-reading-strong In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a <a href="http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/10/23/younger-americans-reading-and-library-habits/" target="_blank">new report</a> from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:37:51 +0000 NPR Staff 6803 at http://kplu.org America's Facebook generation is reading strong Understanding history with 'Guns, Germs, And Steel' http://kplu.org/post/understanding-history-guns-germs-and-steel Freshmen "common reads" are becoming increasingly popular at American colleges and universities. Incoming freshmen are assigned the same book over the summer and are asked to come prepared to discuss the book in their first week on campus.<p>One of the more popular 2011 common read assignments is Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. </em>In it, Diamond explores why some civilizations became more economically and politically dominant than others. Mon, 03 Sep 2012 16:35:57 +0000 NPR Staff 6184 at http://kplu.org Understanding history with 'Guns, Germs, And Steel' School is 'too easy,' say American students http://kplu.org/post/school-too-easy-say-american-students Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:50:50 +0000 5560 at http://kplu.org School is 'too easy,' say American students