Why Johnny Won’t Read
An article from the Concord Monitor talks about the reading habits of kids. In particular, the reading habits of boys is discussed and tries to examine why boys lose the desire to read at age 10 or thereabouts.
Boys like genres that often aren’t considered the “good” or “right” things to read. At a very young age, when others read to them, they see books as something to be enjoyed, but once they get to school, reading becomes a set of lessons and tests. Girls tend to start reading independently at an earlier age, and boys struggle to keep up. Because girls read more, library programs end up being geared toward the books they like. Boys seldom see grown men reading, which leads them to think of reading as female behavior.
And what should kids be reading? Anything!
“If it’s comic books, great. If it’s humor, fine. Science fiction – a lot of parents get alarmed, because when kids get into science fiction, that’s all they read for awhile. That’s okay.”
A question for the parents out there: Do you actively encourage your kids to read?
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