The State Of Our Society Today Essay

1076 Words Jun 11th, 2016 null Page
“A nation that does not read much does not know much. And a nation that does not know much is more likely to make poor choices in the home, the marketplace, the jury box, and the voting booth. And those decisions ultimately affect the entire nation...the literate and illiterate.” This quote by Jim Trelease accurately describes the state of our society today. The ability to read is so vital to our past, present, and future. However, though we have raised our standards, demanded higher test scores, and increased the pressure on our educators, there is little to show for it. Jim Trelease shares the statistic in his book, The Read-Aloud Handbook, that despite our desperate efforts, there has only been a one-point improvement in reading scores between 1971 and 2008. Therefore, the answer does not rely on programs to increase test scores or testing kids until they collapse. Instead, the answer is much simpler: reading. In Jim Trelease’s book, he provides research after research that proves the importance of reading to children and the lasting effects it can have. Not only academically, but emotionally and socially as well. Therefore, our well-being depends on our ability to read. Where does this start? Why, in childhood. Children’s literature is where the love of reading begins. The more children come in contact with pleasurable experiences with reading, the more they will continue to read on their own in the future. As a child, my parents read to me every night. I also…

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