We often hear about the death of the reading habit among students. You’d think that even seventy years ago, students would have loved to spend their time reading books because they were luckily spared from the common distractions of our day and age: the internet, television and video games. Right? Wrong.
Celebrated author Ruskin Bond was a student in 1950, and he says that reading, even back then, was cherished by only a few students. He was more specific: out of 35 students in a class, around 2-3 actually liked reading books.
If the reading habit is always skating on thin ice, then why should the current generation of students be nagged for not reading enough books? Why is reading so important?
Studies show that early reading can have a major impact on a child's reading and writing abilities, comprehension, vocabulary and self-confidence. It also provides them with a better understanding of other cultures, increases social participation and enables a greater insight into human nature and decision-making.
The International Reading Association (IRA) gives us, a rather prophetic quote: