Literacy Gap Between Boys and Girls

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?”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704271804575405511702112290.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTThirdBucket

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 ~

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2 Responses to Literacy Gap Between Boys and Girls

  1. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the article link. Now I understand why there is a book in the Tag reader “classics’ line titled Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise. I just could not understand why in the world they would write this book, the dog makes sound effects when you touch it with the tag reader. No thank you!

  2. Amy B says:

    Boys and girls both need to be exposed to books as early as possible. Reading to your kids from the time they are born is one of the easiest ways to get them interested in reading. I will say, my 2 and a half year old daughter has been reading longer than she has been talking. She began reading at 8 and a half months old (words like nose, ear, clap, wave, hair, eating, hands, feet). I don’t doubt one bit that my son will be able to have the same success as she did. I am a firm believer that if you expect great things from your kids, you will get great things from your kids. Off to read the link 🙂

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