Education: Freedom Not to Read

It was all very well for U.S. librarians and publishers to worry about the freedom to read (see above). But does the average U.S. citizen make much use of the freedom he already has? To Pollster George Gallup, the answer is no. Among the facts & figures he has culled from recent polls:

¶"Despite the fact that we have the highest level of formal education in the world, fewer people buy and read books in this nation than in any other modern democracy." The average Briton, for instance, reads three times as many books as the average American.

¶While the U.S. can...

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