Posted by Howe Q. Wallace on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Found this on Facebook. Assuming it is true.
33% of high school graduates never read another book.
42% of college graduates never read another book.
57% of new books aren’t read to completion.
80% of US families did not read a book last year.
Do these facts ring true of you?
By now, you know I’m a big believer in reading. I pretty much have a book going all the time.
I’ve changed from holding an actual book in my hand to using an electronic reader. It allows me to acquire books easier and to carry a library with me.
If you have a “smart” phone, you can download a free app from Amazon which allows you to read. I’m sure there are others.
I read books but I know many who listen to books. They use drive times and waiting times to keep up with their “reading”.
I’m sure that television impacts the amount most of us read. Depending on what you watch, it may serve as a substitute. But, most of us watch content that doesn’t quite match the literature available to read.
Reading expands my arena of ideas. There is no way to know everything, thus new learning is just around the corner when you read.
New learning promotes greater creativity. Creativity permits us a greater chance to respond to the flood of challenge and change which heads our way.
Teaching the children you impact the importance of becoming a “reader” is a vital responsibility. Readers become leaders. They are inventors. They are change agents. They are problem solvers.
Don’t let the statistics of “non-readers” be your story.