Reading for an enriched life.
Read, read, read. —[easyazon_link keywords=”William Faulkner” locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]William Faulkner[/easyazon_link] [aff]
Reading is not only fundamental, but indispensable to a fulfilled life.
In the United States, a plethora of options can overwhelm the average consumer of information.
Pew Research indicates that on average Americans read about 12 books per year – a rate that has remained consistent since 2012.
This is an important fact in our Knowledge Economy.
Indeed, at different stages of life, strong reading habits contribute to a better you and allow lifelong learning.
Literacy, however, cannot be taken for granted from one generation to the next.
In a note of concern, only one-third of US students currently demonstrate reading proficiency in 4th and 8th grades, according to a report by the Business Roundtable.
Additionally, among the much-ballyhooed millennial generation, one-half showed reading and writing proficiency skills in 2015.
Crucial Reading Time – The Young
Therefore, moms who read [easyazon_link identifier=”0553520571″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]Oh Baby! The Places You’ll Go[/easyazon_link] by Mrs. Seus and [easyazon_link identifier=”039480001X” locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]The Cat in the Hat[/easyazon_link] by Dr. Seus to their babies, for example, help stimulate their child’s intelligence.
This foundation of learning – a true head start – carries forward as their child grows.
Indeed, research indicates mothers who read early to children continue to have a positive attitude toward the practice when they know how helpful it is to their babies.
Educational research focuses on reading achievement in the third grade of elementary school as a predictor of literacy success or failure.
In the third grade, young pupils move from learning to read to reading to learn, a consequent time in an individual’s academic career.
[ctt template=”3″ link=”4R1AM” via=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]In the third grade, young pupils move from learning to read to reading to learn, a consequent time in an individual’s academic career.[/ctt]
Unfortunately, children who do not master the decoding of language from text to sound fall behind their better prepared classmates and begin a sad journey of poor reading skills in life.
Often economically-disadvantaged students suffer the most and thus the so-called Matthews Effect comes into play – poor students are left with dismal academic horizons while richer (more skilled) students excel.
Absent any intervention, weak academic skills overall continue to plague the underachievers in other content areas as well.
Thankfully, after-school reading and summer programs help all students to develop increasingly complex abilities to consume and synthesize information.
Parents and grandparents can play a pivotal role in encouraging children to read extensively and intensively in order to develop the stamina to deal with more challenging texts they will meet in college, at work, and in everyday life.
Good reading habits as a child promote lifetime learning also.
Avid readers of great quantities of subject matter narrow the unfair gap between skilled and less-skilled students.
A Gallup Poll is encouraging: 53% of young adults read between one and 10 books in the past year, maybe even J. K. Rowling’s [easyazon_link identifier=”B01DMC29U6″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]Harry Potter Series[/easyazon_link] or Marcus Zusak’s [easyazon_link identifier=”B00I2X6TBG” locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]The Book Thief[/easyazon_link] (aff).
The task ahead is daunting: the Business Roundtable report states at the current rate of progress, it will take 30 years before half of American 4th graders read proficiently.
Students and Professionals Need to Upgrade Skills
“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
—Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
The global Knowledge Economy demands impeccable literacy, and computer skills.
[Learn more: read Dr. Gene D. Cohen’s [easyazon_link identifier=”0380800713″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life[/easyazon_link] – (aff)]
Information is the new coin of the realm in the international interdependent economy.
Signs are dim that US high school and later college learners are able to compete.
In 2015, the National Assessment of Educational Progress test failed to measure any negligible improvement in reading and writing skills among seniors in high schooler.
While adult professionals engage in lifelong learning by voraciously reading for both business and pleasure, their up and coming colleagues are lagging.
Reading a book helps you sort through career issues or gain some kind of skill you don’t yet have to improve your value in the international job market.
[ctt template=”3″ link=”o6tZ4″ via=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]Reading a book helps you sort through career issues or gain some kind of skill you don’t yet have to improve your value in the international job market.[/ctt]
The more knowledge you soak up the more ideas spring to mind to enrich your career and personal well-being, the fruit of lifelong learning.
From learning about career and personal development in Seth Godin’s powerful [easyazon_link identifier=”1591844096″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?[/easyazon_link] and John C. Maxwell’s [easyazon_link identifier=”0785288570″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]Failing Forward[/easyazon_link] or Jeff Haden’s [easyazon_link identifier=”0399563768″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]The Motivation Myth[/easyazon_link] on leadership and winning, professionals can read themselves into the corporate board room or corner office.
Additionally, business professionals may want to check out favorites of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, two sagacious billionaires, include [easyazon_link identifier=”1497644895″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]Business Adventures[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link identifier=”0982967624″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]The Intelligent Investor[/easyazon_link], respectively.
In conclusion, knowledge is the primary driver of economic productivity, e.g. the Knowledge Economy today.
These thinking jobs emphasize problem-solving, crisp written and oral communication, harnessing information, and risk management.
Therefore, our educational infrastructure cannot be allowed to atrophy at a time when lifelong learning is needed most.
Both employees and entrepreneurs today must acquire and apply knowledge in new and creative ways.
Reading Benefits the Young at Heart
Active living after the ‘R Word’ includes reading up to a half hour a day – at least.
Senior adults reap bountiful benefits as avid readers.
Three common healthy effects are:
- Increased memory
- Better vocabulary
- Longer lifespan
An active mind continues to temper any related declines in thinking and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly.
A bigger vocabulary makes you well-spoken and could help you land or keep a dream job no matter the age.
Scientific study supports the contention that consuming beaucoup books increases longevity.
Take the Next Step
Have you read your favorite book today?
Perhaps you want to help a child to crack open a new book [easyazon_link identifier=”0064431789″ locale=”US” tag=”atrans20-20″]Where the Wild Things Are[/easyazon_link]] to explore a new world.
Become an avid reader now and enjoy your journey to greater knowledge as well as personal and professional satisfaction.
Reading well is a secret ingredient in lifelong learning down the path to whatever success you seek.