"Schools have become unwitting coconspirators in the decline of reading." That's the argument made by teacher Kelly Gallagher is his widely discussed 2009 book Readicide. In a 2010 article published in Educational Leadership, Gallagher defines four barriers that must be overcome to repair the damage he believes has been caused by the pressure to improve scores on high-stakes reading tests. Public education, he says, is in a "reading recession" - but "I believe that the critical thinkers we so desperately need will emerge from classrooms where teachers have eschewed the coverage approach in favor of fostering deeper thinking." Also see this Sustained Silent Reading chat.