Child education experts have some harsh words for parents who choose to spend their time reading to their kids.
According to a new report, there’s an alarming rise in the number of parents choosing to read to their children.
In fact, the number is up so much in the last three years that it’s already surpassed the previous record of 17.8 million books and 1.3 billion children per year set in 2017.
That’s a lot of books.
According the report, we’re spending about $1.3 trillion a year on books.
The authors of the report called the situation “disheartening” and “devastating.”
“In a world that is rapidly transforming, we have to be vigilant in ensuring children are reading to each other, to each parent, to the teachers, to our peers, and to ourselves,” said Elizabeth M. Kost, the author of the study.
“We have to work to ensure children have a variety of opportunities to read and explore and to be able to be engaged in the process of reading.”
And that means giving kids books.
In order to do that, we need to focus on literacy and learning.
The report called for parents to do two things: “Be more active in the creation of and support the literacy skills of their children, and also be more committed to creating and nurturing reading opportunities for children.”
The authors recommended that parents create literacy programs that target their child’s level of proficiency in reading.
And they also recommended that they do more to encourage reading in the home.
The research also found that the number and type of books children were reading has actually declined, especially among children who were reading from a younger age.
The number of books the authors compared to the years of data available suggests that children are starting to read more from younger ages.
The problem, the report said, is that we have less time.
The average reading time per child in the U.S. was just 6.3 hours per week in 2016, the latest year for which data was available.
That compares to a reading time of 7.2 hours per child per week during the previous decade, which was the peak of the Baby Boom era, when the number rose to more than 11.5 hours per year.
This isn’t an unprecedented decline.
A 2009 study of reading instruction in primary schools found that while reading was “generally associated with improvement of reading scores” in students who received reading instruction, it wasn’t always a good predictor of future achievement.
In some areas, like math and reading, children who received tutoring were actually more likely to achieve higher scores.
But that study also noted that in the most challenging reading-intensive schools, where students were reading at an extremely high rate, tutoring didn’t necessarily help.
And the authors also noted some interesting trends.
The study found that over time, children’s reading levels had become less stable over time.
They were more likely now to be reading to older children, the study noted, and were more prone to falling behind their peers.
That trend was also apparent in math, where the researchers found that children who read more often, were reading in a higher proportion of class times and had more math problems.
The results of this research suggest that it may be time to invest in programs that support children’s ability to read.
That could mean having more time to read or using devices like interactive books or apps that can give children access to their own books.
And of course, more reading means more opportunities for reading.