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Too busy to read?

23 March 2018 by

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.”
― Alan BennettThe History Boys

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