English teachers’ reading position statement

The U.S. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has created a new *position statement* <http://www2.ncte.org/statement/independent-reading/> regarding independent reading. Here’s a great quote from their statement:

*It is imperative that students develop reading stamina—the ability to sustain mental effort without scaffolds or adult support—that allows them
to comprehend increasingly complex texts (Hiebert, 2014).*

and one of the core values listed at the bottom of the document states:

– *recognize the importance of access to texts at a wide variety of reading levels, about a plethora of topics and interests, that offer
multiple perspectives in classroom libraries and school libraries.*