We often hear that modern life is too busy for reading. There are simply too many demands competing for our limited hours each day and whether a teacher, student or parent, we simply cannot afford the luxury of stopping everything to read. But what if we reframed reading as a necessity, rather than a luxury? Studies have consistently shown the long term benefits of reading. Readers develop a stronger sense of empathy and understanding of others. They perform better at standardised testing at school. Readers live longer, healthier lives and even have higher incomes. Here is a discussion about how reading helps both teens and parents. http://www.readbrightly.com/parents-teens-should-read-ya/
This is the first in a series of blog posts about why reading matters, and how to create lifelong readers.
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
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― Alan Bennett, The History Boys