As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.
But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. The Web inspires a teenager like Nadia, who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.
Few who believe in the potential of the Web deny the value of books. But they argue that it is unrealistic to expect all children to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Pride and Prejudice” for fun. And those who prefer staring at a television or mashing buttons on a game console, they say, can still benefit from reading on the Internet. In fact, some literacy experts say that online reading skills will help children fare better when they begin looking for digital-age jobs.
I’m fascinated by the article itself, but it also caused me to wonder about the differences between engaging ”“ and having conversation with ”“ people online versus those who are with you and in the same room: Like in this picture with the article:
NY Times photo
You may want to watch the video clip of this family first, and then read the article to best connect with where I am coming from… the video never shows them talking to each other about all this stuff they are reading!
What do you think about it ”“ both article and ease of conversation/engagement)? Would love to hear your thoughts… there are 99 comments and counting at the NY Times online edition, however the views I am most interested in are yours. I think of our Ho‘ohana Community as largely asking, “Why not enjoy both [books AND online reading]?