When Parents Don’t Read, Children Aren’t Inspired To

BY: - 19 Dec '12 | On the Web

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A recent study by the National Literacy Trust revealed that one in three kids has never seen their dad pick up a book to read and one in seven has never been to a bookstore. Whether you like to read or not, a parent’s reading habits can have a strong impact on a child.

The survey of 21,000 kids aged 8-16 showed a declining involvement of fathers in a child’s reading. Fathers are said to be “important reading role models for their children,” but research shows little evidence to support that. However, it can be noted that those who have trouble reading were four times more likely to mention that they received no encouragement from dad. The percentage of children who said they were not encouraged to read by their father increased from 29 to 34 percent between 2005 and 2011.

“Young people encouraged by a family member are twice as likely to read outside of class every day as those who receive no encouragement,and those who see their parents read regularly also report more positive reading attitudes, increased reading frequency and enjoyment,  the study said.”

Time spent at work didn’t fully explain the statistics, as fathers who were unemployed were more likely not to read to their children. The study added that literacy support does not require a high level of academics and can be as simple as talking about reading or being seen reading. Television presenter, Richard Madeley of “Richard and Judy,” supports the National Literacy Trust’s cause and says he often read to his own children.

“I started reading to my children when they were just babies, putting on the different voices and having fun with the stories. My kids have grown up to be big book fans and I think this was partly down to me enjoying books with them from an early age.”

Read the full article and see more findings from the study on the Daily Mail website.

BMWK– How are you encouraging your kids to read? How often do they witness you reading?

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Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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  1. Cheryl

    I believe this to be true. I remember as a kid, during summer vacation, we could always find my mom on the living room floor with a book. My dad was always reading technical journals or non fiction. It was our greatest joy when my dad could read to us before bed, which was not regular because of his work obligations. Reading was never punishment in our house. We plan to raise our kids the same way. So far, so good!

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Black Teen Scores Perfect Score on SAT

BY: - 20 Dec '12 | On the Web

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So often, we read about teens falling behind in school, race gaps in academics and the like. This student, however, has beat the odds by scoring a perfect SAT score.

Early on, Cameron Clarke’s parents knew he was gifted; at age 4, he scored 151 on an IQ test. Since then, they’ve worked to support and encourage that gift. The Germantown Academy senior took practice tests and a prep course with friends prior to the exam. It was his second time taking it that earned him a perfect score of 2400 after a notable 2190 on the first one.

“You can screw up or mess up on the smallest of things,” he said. “And I just feel like on that particular day, I was focused and I got kind of lucky, I guess, that I didn’t make any mistakes.”

Clarke, who admits he second-guessed and changed about 30 of his earlier answers in the last five minutes of testing, is recognized as one of 360 students nationwide who received a perfect score this year. To add, he is an accomplished cellist, tutor and senator in his school’s student government among other achievements. His dream college is Princeton.

Read the complete article on Philly.com.

BMWK–Who are some notable young people you’ve read about or know of personally? What do you think drives the younger generation to do well?

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Stacie Bailey wrote 160 articles on this blog.

Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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