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NPR education
7:37 am
Tue October 23, 2012

America's Facebook generation is reading strong

Pew's study found that 60 percent of Americans under 30 used the library in the past year.
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Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:53 am

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 new report 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. Kathryn Zickuhr, the study's main author, joins NPR's David Greene to discuss the results.

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NPR education
9:35 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Understanding history with 'Guns, Germs, And Steel'

A growing number of colleges are assigning all incoming freshmen a common book to read so they can discuss it when they arrive on campus.
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Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 9:03 am

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.

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11:50 am
Tue July 10, 2012

School is 'too easy,' say American students

Many American students say school is too easy.
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Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 10:28 am

Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the Washington think tank American Progress.

The organization, which promotes "progressive ideas and action," came to that conclusion when it analyzed surveys given to students by the Department of Education for its National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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