Making the World a Better Place: Group Module

Are Children Reading Less?

Most; but not all children.

  • From an article written in 1998 it was found that “Children in low-income families lack essential one-on-one reading time. The average child growing up in a middle class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 7,000 hours of one-on-one picture book reading. The average child growing up in a low-income families, in contrast, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading” McQuillan, J. (1998).The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions. Heinemann.” As a child care employee, this lack of involvement and financial support of the majority of children in our country has very largely decreased since the boom of technology. Parents are becoming increasingly more distant and unaware of the literature their children are reading…or not reading.
    • There are some factors that affect this issue
  1. Availability of the materials in an environment in and outside of school hinders both the child’s interest and capabilities to learn how to read in fact,  “1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.” WriteExpress Corporation. “Literacy Statistics.” Begin to Read. Accessed April 16, 2014.
  2. Funding for teachers, whether it be based on salary or outside sources providing funding to schools is causing students less access to reading. It should not be the teachers job to provide books for their children, they should be provided with the resources needed to guide their students into learning the necessary skills to succeed.  “According to Age of Learning, 2015 “10% of teachers said their school does not have a library, and more than half of parents said they have fewer than 50 books of any kind in their home. Seven out of ten teachers said the cost of books was a problem, with 77% having used their personal funds to buy books for the classroom. Parents, too, cited cost as an obstacle.”” It should be a combination of the parents investing in their children to provide them the books and time they need to develop their reading skills. As well as, the school providing programs outside of school hours to aid those families to help teach their children how to read books. Including books that will challenge the children to develop their vocabulary and their knowledge.
  3. This claim originated from many states from the South to the North and across the United States.

With the boom of technology came an intense change of direction for children and their desire to read. From paper books to kindles, and online textbooks the entire academic setting has changed. In previous studies children enjoyed reading based on their age and what they were exposed to, yet in the present, children are exposed to millions of images, books, magazines, advertisements etc daily. Whether it be on their Iphone, android, tablet, Ipad, etc. Children in the present day are reading less and are becoming more interested in social hobbies such as video gaming, youtubing, social media websites including snapchat, and other messaging platforms where they can instantly connect with one another. This instant interaction causes a different stimulation that children wouldn’t expect they could experience from reading if they have not had previous exposure. Sadly, most children in our country have not had any.

Claims:

  1. Funding is causing the decrease/lack of children reading.
  2. Availability of resources, and materials that students could access is causing children to read less.
  3. Lack of parent investment into a child’s education is causing children to read less.

https://ferstreaders.org/resources/fifty-top-literacy-statistics

http://fortune.com/2018/11/15/childrens-reading-survey-parents-teachers/

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/09/decline-children-reading-pleasure-survey

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/sep/26/children-reading-less-apps-games

2 thoughts on “Making the World a Better Place: Group Module

  1. Hi! I am pretty set on choosing education as my career choice and I thought the information you found here is so interesting. Many teachers are on very different sides of this debate and I have the same feelings as you and your group. There are children that are reading less, but some of them are replacing reading with other educational activities. I also appreciate that you don’t signal out all children and make a vast generalization. I really enjoyed this Module that you created!

  2. Hello Kyra! Thank you so much for getting back to me on this, I am thrilled you have chosen to become a teacher and that you enjoyed my research. Thank you for all your supportive comments and words of encouragement.

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