July 11, 2010

Why Read? Quotes to make it clearer.

"A person enters this world as a novice, and slowly studies the works of great writers and scholars. Readers immerse themselves in deep, alternative worlds and hope to gain some lasting wisdom." From The Medium is the Medium by David Brooks, NY Times Op-Ed

The Teacher shared this Op-Ed  The Medium is the Medium published this week by New York Times.  David Brooks describes a reading program which sends children home for the summer with 12 books of their choosing and these students had "significantly higher reading scores than other students."  Brooks digs into multiple studies which illustrate that "Internet culture may produce better conversationalists, but the literary culture still produces better students." 

We have high hopes that Books for Walls Project may be the part of the solution, the balance, that Brooks describes:
"Already, more 'old-fashioned' outposts are opening up across the Web. It could be that the real debate will not be books versus the Internet but how to build an Internet counterculture that will better attract people to serious learning."
Take a moment and read the whole article --what do you think?

1 comment:

  1. This article has me wanting to find loads of books and start giving them away to kids everywhere. This coupled with the article we posted on Thursday Where would we be without our libraries? I think it is more important than ever that we keep on reading and supporting libraries!

    I just reserved --at our favorite library-- Nicholas Carr's Book "The Shallows" that David Brooks mentions, very curious about his take on the Internet's effects.

    **And I just learned to used HTML to create links in comments (new follower Maggie inspired me to figure it out! Ahh, I love learning this stuff!!)