An Ex­hor­ta­tion to Read Books

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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