Doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results. That’s the definition of insanity. It also happens to be what I have been doing for the last 15 years.
I have been a private tutor for the last 15 years years and strongly supported a “reading for fun” project for all my students. Then, I read an article titled “The Young and the Bookless” written by Danny Heitman in the Opinion Section of the Wall Street Journal. It says “the number of 17 year-olds who never read for pleasure increased to 19% in 2004 from 9% in 1984. According to the report ( a landmark 2007 study by the National Endowment for the Arts), almost half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 never read books for fun…Many of my college students hadn’t read for fun since “Harry Potter”.”
It means that most of my students (who are college age) hadn’t read a book for fun since middle school!!!
One of two things are happening:
- They must be geniuses! Since, they are dealing with college level course material without the benefit of college level vocabulary imparted by personal and fun reading.
- College courses are lowering their standards to cater to a new reality: bookless students.