I’d say reading can’t be taught in a classroom any more than patriotism. (Classrooms are good at dissecting specimens. The bedroom and the dinner table, the bathtub – that’s the place for books!) but being a reader is a kind of culture that can be passed down. As far as I know, every child that has come through my mother’s house has come out with a stack of books under each arm. Reading is a kind of prejudice, and you have to be carefully carefully taught.
As for this article… this guy is all over the map! My jaw dropped when he mentioned the Dewey decimal system as the culmination of the effort to organize books. When he started talking about our need to skim in a modern world full of so many books, I started skimming. When he rambled on the the subject of filtering, I began to filter.