Edutainment – The Best Way to Wake People Up?

 

At OccupyEducated.org, we’re asking people to do what they, statistically, are unlikely to do — read.

Perhaps because of the effects of television, social media, and sites like ours, we’re now left with some staggering statistics.

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after their college education.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion, over half of those are not read past page 18.

Even if you profess you are reading, there’s a 1 in 3 chance you’re just saying so to make us feel better about these stats.

Take a look at a few examples, to inspired your comments in the forum.

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Comments

  1. michele says:

    i think that reading is passed on..much as oral history once was. A child of reading parents is more likely to be a life-long reader, or at least be open to reading. i cannot imagine what i would do without actual books; the kind you hold in your hands as i need the tactile input. Juice Media is great; i have watched many of their videos and find them insightful, incisive and entertaining. The content is both specific and accessible. What i mean is that it provides topical content for further research, while not limiting the viewer to a particular path. Well, i will be waiting for my birthday presents to myself this year: 10 books..some of which i have read but must have on my shelf at home to read again, reference and share. Maybe there is some value in considering how oral tradition is preserved, and applying some of those techniques to ‘literate’ tradition.

  2. OccupyEducated says:

    Fantastic, Michele. What are the 10 books?

  3. michele says:

    Silvia Federici’s “Caliban and the Witch”
    Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”
    Bellamy, Clark and Foster’s “The Ecological Rift”
    James Cone’s “The Cross and the Lynching Tree”
    PAECON’s “Real World Economics”
    Nicholas Carr’s “The Shallows”
    Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow”
    Ray Kurzweil’s “The Age of Spiritual Machines”
    Christ Hedges’ “The World As It Is”
    Lionel Tiger’s “The Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution and the Industrial System”

    Sorry it took me 2 darn weeks to reply!

  4. michele says:

    i wish i could have gotten 10 more..10 thousand more! But i suppose i do have thousands more..with my library card:)

  5. Ben says:

    Check out the forum; I posted ur top 10 on there…

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