Do children read very little? Do children read enough?

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Do children read very little?

Do children read enough?

Why? Why not?

What do you think about it?
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Do children read very little?

Do children read enough?

Why? Why not?

What do you think about it?
I think it varies from child to child. I believe the statistics have said that the reading level of primary school leavers has decreased which would imply that they are probably reading less on the whole.
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I think the children read lesser than decades before. I guess technoloy became so important in society that reading lost the meaing.
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(Original post by josejuan)
Do children read very little?

Do children read enough?

Why? Why not?

What do you think about it?
Depends, if you mean children as all children (in the world), if so probably not. We could hopefully] assume children in education read at least 6 books a year if they participate in the Reading challenge during summer, probably more if they are in school. Children could mean everyone under 16, or 18...
Reading takes shape in many forms , so it depends on the context.
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Many children nowadays do not read enough as they only read in school due to the fact that nowadays children are gifted with electronic devices for gaming purposes in order to pacify because parents do not have time for them. However, when I was younger when it was to dark to play outside I would pick up a book an read with my mum. As a result of the decline in reading books many children are suffering the consequences at school in terms of comprehension and writing!!
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Many children nowadays do not read enough as they only read in school due to the fact that nowadays children are gifted with electronic devices for gaming purposes in order to pacify because parents do not have time for them. However, when I was younger when it was to dark to play outside I would pick up a book an read with my mum. As a result of the decline in reading books many children are suffering the consequences at school in terms of comprehension and writing!!
That is what I think about the children in terms of reading exactly! I am so glad that I have had a family (mother and even a grandmother) who were so happy to read aloud a book and they have awaken my interest in reading with that. It is so sad that parents don't spend their time with children to read in common.
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Read what exactly?

Social media has revived reading and writing amongst the younger generation that was decimated by telephones and TV. Back when I was at primary school there was a belief that kids watched too much TV, and satellite and cable channels packed with cartoons round the clock were killing reading.
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I don't think that children understand the true meaning of reading anymore, they are too caught up with modern technology that they don't read anymore. Less children borrow books from school or from a library, society has changed too much and this has greatly affected younger generations. Reading less will only decline literacy rates and children's ability to read.
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I don't think that children understand the true meaning of reading anymore, they are too caught up with modern technology that they don't read anymore. Less children borrow books from school or from a library, society has changed too much and this has greatly affected younger generations. Reading less will only decline literacy rates and children's ability to read.
What about kids who enjoy reading but not the fiction that teachers are familiar with?

Some kids much prefer non-fiction or religious books to Harry Potter or Roald Dahl.
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i agree with Arran90's view..."read what exactly"?

I myself as a teenager haven't read a book except textbooks and those that are work related for a long time.

I do read stuff on the internet though like news articles and maybe some stories and listen to debates (which is all good because it's knowledgeable) and stuff but i don't physically sit down and read a hard copy of fiction or non fiction.
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It varies a lot I guess - I used to read absolutely loads when I was a kid, but I know some of my friends my age barely did when they were younger, for instance.
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What about kids who enjoy reading but not the fiction that teachers are familiar with?

Some kids much prefer non-fiction or religious books to Harry Potter or Roald Dahl.
Well kids should read whatever they want and what they are comfortable with reading.

If kids prefer to read non-fiction books then they should read them instead of books like Harry Potter or Roald Dahl. It is up to the child to decide what they want to read. However, they shouldn't be pressured to read something that they don't want to.
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Well kids should read whatever they want and what they are comfortable with reading.

If kids prefer to read non-fiction books then they should read them instead of books like Harry Potter or Roald Dahl. It is up to the child to decide what they want to read. However, they shouldn't be pressured to read something that they don't want to.
My experience of primary school teachers is that a sizeable proportion either inhabit a parallel world or struggle to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to subjects and reading material.

Primary schools have taught science since 1988 and every teacher today accepts science as a core subject but before 1988 teachers would often be bewildered if a kid read books about physics or chemistry at home even if they were only at KS2 level as it was a subject that they didn't teach and often had little knowledge of or interest in.
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I used to be a real book worm as a kid. I was reading enid blyton at age 5, and went through five books a week... I loved reading

these days, I don't think kids read enough. social media and technology has taken over

if I have a kid they wont have phones and constant access to stuff until theyre like 13... they will learn the joys of reading first
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Can reading fiction be a waste of time for many children?

I'm of the opinion that any work of fiction which is too complex for the average 12 year old to comprehend is probably specialist material which should only be read by enthusiasts of if the reader sees a benefit in it. A friend was forced to read A Tale of Two Cities at the age of 13 in English lessons and he concluded that it's way to complex for most 13 year olds and they have to be interested in the French Revolution to make reading it worthwhile. There are some adults who are highly educated and intelligent who enjoy reading stories for children but they would never attempt the great classics of Dickens and Shakespeare.
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I think that reading has become less interesting for kids these days as technology has become very popular now.
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I read quite a lot when I was younger surprisingly. Reading seems to be less common now - kids are given iPads to stare at as toddlers and would rather game than read. :| And if FB comments are anything to go by, their parents tend to be illiterate themselves so we're all doomed.


(Original post by josejuan)
Do children read very little?

Do children read enough?

Why? Why not?

What do you think about it?
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I can't speak for kids now because I simply never see any in circumstances where I could judge this question, but I read more than most of my peers when I was a child. Even now I read what I think is an abnormal amount by most people's standards, it's just how I've always been (luckily for me I'm in a discipline where that pays off).

I'd encourage my kids to read as much as possible, preferably in a couple of languages. It shapes you in ways you don't even realise.
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My experience of primary school teachers is that a sizeable proportion either inhabit a parallel world or struggle to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to subjects and reading material.

Primary schools have taught science since 1988 and every teacher today accepts science as a core subject but before 1988 teachers would often be bewildered if a kid read books about physics or chemistry at home even if they were only at KS2 level as it was a subject that they didn't teach and often had little knowledge of or interest in.
I do think that sometimes children should read out of their comfort zone to build up their confidence and literacy skills. However, not every child will be comfortable with doing so but they should be encouraged to read a variety of different books but only if they chose to.
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Like others have said, it can vary from child to child. I think children in lower English groups should have greater encouragement to read tho
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