Saturday, March 12, 2011
Read What Interests You
At the library today, a high-school aged boy was dragging his feet behind his mom who was picking out books. When she asked him if he was interested in getting anything, he kinda rolled his eyes and groaned. Until! Lo and behold, his eye glanced over at High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, later made into the movie by the same name starring John Cusack. All of the sudden, he was interested in taking a book home. Sometimes, that's all it takes.
Reading for high school, asking overly-detailed questions about books that teenagers have little to no reason to care about, kids will find a way out of reading it no matter what. The details of a book don't matter, but critical thinking as it applies to reading does, and that's rarely emphasized as much as it should be, if at all-- educators are often focused on getting kids to pass their tests, but don't spend enough time getting them to LIKE reading, which proves to be a much more useful skill in the real world. In fact, half the time it turns them off of reading at a young age... scary!
Find what they're interested in, and you'll see them become readers, and don't tell anyone I said this... but they might even like it.