Reading, a forgotten habit

How far away appear those times, long ago, when young people and adults still read to educate themselves.

The first approach to reading is like the way parents teach language, satisfying the inherent curiosity within the child. To be able to read, reflects the base and standard of culture a nation obtains, from childhood on.

Reading allows one to learn, experience and connect with other people, cultures and diverse interests, and repeated reading should allow one to understand texts clearly.

Modern technology has developed endless ways to bring us books and printed matter from all over the world, simply and quickly, without having to travel.

I find it regrettable to note that, while we are closest to the culture and knowledge of our world, less is read, the texts read are not understood and there is no interest in the past as if the only true thing is what has just been produced. One should recognize that what has just been produced is based on what existed in the past and that coping with the new is based on very old foundations.

The love of reading and knowledge is something that wants to be slowly awakened by motivating or satisfying the interests of children.

The love of reading and knowledge is something that wants to be slowly awakened by motivating or satisfying the interests of children.

Claudio Rigo-Righi Abascal

I am convinced that an important reason for the poor and poor reading performance of most young people is the extremely poor selection of texts used in the first reading sessions.

A group of elderly people (usually without pedagogical preparation) decide to read according to their own interests or political orientation what they tell children to read in schools.

The love of reading and knowledge is something that wants to be slowly awakened by motivating or satisfying the interests of children. With the great variety and quantity of texts available, it should be easy (for a good teacher) to introduce children to books that suit their interests and age.

The loss of astonishment

Well, in today’s world there are many factors that torpedo the beginning of reading literacy, among others:

The professional activities of both parents make it difficult for them to introduce children to reading that corresponds to their interests, apart from the fact that the parents themselves are often not reading role models, since they have no time for it.

The loss of astonishment – today there are very few people who are amazed at things. We assume that everything that exists must be and does function without thinking for a moment about how many years and centuries of development are behind the simple things. For example: Open a water faucet in our house or apartment, get into our car and travel to another place. Think for a moment about what is involved in each of the simple actions we do every day.

Another one of the serious attacks on reading is immediacy, since no one is willing to send a letter and wait for the answer many days later, one sends an e-mail or a telephone call to receive the answer immediately. The consequence is that there is a lower ability to write and consequently a lower ability to read. Students do not usually read a book, read a summary or watch a related film (usually without faithful reproduction).

The extreme specialization of the professionals means that the general culture is pushed aside to devote itself to only one specific point of a specific subject area.

Today it is common for people to criticize and judge this or that fact only from the current perspective and level of knowledge, without realizing which are the true circumstances from which the fact originated.

This article triggered a small discussion in the editorial staff of PonderinTime. Soledad Marquez then wrote a reply to Claudio Rigo-Righi Abascal’s article: Read here Reading – new times, new forms

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