Tuesday, October 15, 2013

No child should miss out on a visit to Narnia

The number of children who read for pleasure is falling. It’s down by 25% since 2005!

A National Literacy Trust study found nearly a third of children aged between eight and 16 say they read no text-based media at all in their daily leisure time. Only 28.4% claimed to read in their own time each day.

And 35% of boys and 26% of girls agreed with the statement: “I cannot find things to read that interest me.”

And 21.5% agreed with the statement: “I would be embarrassed if my friends saw me read.”

So don’t let them see you – go to your bedroom and read in peace.

NLT director Jonathan Douglas said: “There’s a really strong relationship between literacy – reading and writing – and social outcomes, whether it’s earnings, home ownership, voting or a sense of trust in society. If children are not practising reading, they will miss out.”

Never mind missing out on home ownership, they will be missing out on adventure, discovery, excitement, wonder and intellectual challenge.

See more: http://www.examiner.co.uk

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