Thursday, March 6, 2008
Reading...a lost art??
This week I was at Malia's school volunteering. As I walked down the hall, I stopped to read some of the sample writing on one of the classrooms bulletin boards. The kids were writing about how active they were, what their favorite activity was, etc. Every single paper that I read said, "I am not very active...my favorite activity is watching tv/playing video games." One even said "I am not very active because my mom won't let me go outside and play." (I bet the mom is loving the fact that this is posted for everyone to read!) I remember thinking how sad this was. Today I took the boys to the library. We try to go around noon, because the library is nice and quiet. On the second floor, the kids/young adult section was practically empty. I then realized that it wasn't empty, but that every single youth that was on the second floor was on a computer playing video games. There were five youth playing video games and three more youth lounging in chairs listening to their i-pods. I just thought it was so ironic that here they were in a huge building filled with thousands of books....yet they choose to play video games and listen to music. Growing up my afternoons were filled with sports practice...volleyball, basketball, and softball. If I wasn't at practice I was doing homework or reading a great book. (Okay, I never missed an episode of "little house on the prarie.") Don't get me wrong, I enjoy tv. I am addicted to American Idol and the biggest loser. But I also love to read. I just hope that our youth realize that there is so much more out there than tv and video games. And it makes me realize how important it is for me to instill my love of books and reading in my kids.