An Exhortation to Read Books
ers and leaders in this. This isn’t something that can just be outsourced to schools either, because far too often academic settings measure memorization rather than true learning, imagination, or discovery that can come through personal and family reading.
In 2013, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research provided a study showing that five year olds who were read to daily were already a year ahead of their peers as far as reading ability and acumen. This is incredibly significant and cannot be overlooked in the development of Kurdis- tan’s children.
The list of benefits for children’s development from early reading is extensive. Study after study has shown that kids who have been read to daily are far ahead of their peers in listening skills, vocabulary, age of reading, as well as many other harderto-measure things—such as, understanding morals, imagination, and creativity.
“My son has never read a book,” my neighbor tells me. “He goes to bed watching TV and he usually spends much of the evening trying to play on my Samsung Galaxy. Life was better before our kids got addicted to electronics.”
In a generation where it’s far too easy to plop one’s kids in front of a television, reading to ones children not only aids their development, but it also creates a time, and means, for real, quality father-child or mother-child time.
The benefits of reading for children, and for the culture, are endless. As Kurdistan builds and invests in its future, what could be more important?
Whichever way Kurdistan goes at its crossroad, pick up a book to make sure that it moves forward.