The article starts with a story of a young boy with behavioral problems who couldn’t read. One teacher introduced him to Mother Goose and the illustrations and poems caught him and he began to read.
The author tells his own story of not liking to read. He says his struggles came from depression. He now judges his mental health by how well he reads.
As a species, we have been speaking for at least 50,000 years, but we have been reading for only about 5,000, so speech comes much more naturally to us than does reading, which is not as hard-wired into our brains. Studies by neuroscientists have revealed, however, that the more one reads the more neural activity goes on in one's posterior lobe.Jaffee questions how the children of today will develop their reading skills when a Kaiser Family Foundation study showed that children and teens spend more than 7 ½ hours on electronic activity every day.
A recent study by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, found that when low-income children were provided with free books over the summer, their test scores went up. The study also revealed that children improved their reading comprehension even when they were reading books that would not be considered literary.Both of my kids read a lot as kids and teens. They still read a lot. What about yours? Are they young? Grown? Do they read?