From a BBC article, Teenagers ‘Lack Reading Stamina’:
A lack of exposure to novels at school is leaving teenagers with little “reading stamina”, a report says.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority found this was “limiting pupils’ experience of pre-20th Century literature in particular”.
Some 14 to 16-year-olds in England did not have “a sufficiently varied or demanding reading diet”, with schools relying on extracts and short stories.
Sad news indeed. maybe the solution is to assign children one of the door-stopping tomes of today. If you can get through Quicksilver, you can get through anything!
[link via CoolSciFi]