This is a very interesting article discussing the literacy gap between boys and girls. The question under discussion in the article is essentially, “What is the best way to get boys to read?”
It’s rather amazing what some teachers are resorting to in order to bribe boys to read…but the author of the article makes some good points and sums the matter up nicely.
The secret to raising boys who read, I submit, is pretty simple—keep electronic media, especially video games and recreational Internet, under control (that is to say, almost completely absent). Then fill your shelves with good books.
Most importantly, a boy raised on great literature is more likely to grow up to think, to speak, and to write like a civilized man. Whom would you prefer to have shaped the boyhood imagination of your daughter’s husband—Raymond Bean or Robert Louis Stevenson?
If you have sons, please take the time to read this article. Teaching children to read quality books is one of the most valuable gifts you can give them.
~ Melinda ~