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Youth And Reading Essay

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In today's society, one might notice a disaffected youth. Resentful and rebellious against authority, tomorrow's future shirks education and reading for video games, TV and cyberspace. Students see reading as a chore, an obstacle to be overcome before they can sit down and laze about and perhaps play a game or surf the web.Books and knowledge are seen as negative aspects of life, pop culture doesn't uphold these values. From gossip magazines at the checkout line, to scrolling bite-sized packets of information on the ticker at the bottom of the screen, information in today's age is streamlined and watered down to the lowest common denominator.Adolescents are more focused on which rapper's shooting who, the ...view middle of the document...

They will be free to mark the book however they wish. We need to teach them that active learning involves active engagement. Not only will they read the books, they will be able to keep records, notes, thoughts and reaction about what they are reading, consumption with a purpose. As Dr. Adler said, "marking up books is not an act of mutilation but of love."And the good doctor is correct. After all, lending a book to a student is like babysitting a child. You will oversee it for a while, but it must be maintained in the utmost condition and returned unscathed or else. But if we purchase personal copies of these books for students, they'll be free to pore over the volume as they wish. These books will become tomes of knowledge to them, specimens they will be free to dissect and scrutinize. We are looking to create a true book owner, not one who merely collects the bestsellers and peruses the pages once in a while, but an active and lifelong reader who understands the value of book ownership. One who wants to read and learn; someone who will underline passages that invite thought and argument, circle words they do not understand and highlight important ideas.Dr. Adler said, "Learning doesn't consist of being an empty receptacle." Neither does being an educator consist of making sure students memorize what they need to and throwing them out in the world without a passion for active learning. After all, the pen is mightier than the sword, so let us pass this proposal and equip children with love for the written word.Bibliography:Not quite sure, this essay was done a while ago. I think it was based on an old NYS regents question using text from a small paragraph of a Dr. Adler.

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